Sept. 14, 2010 — Last week’s Lassen Education Symposium at Lassen High School was a highlight of positive, progressive thinking that showed our community that our educational and business leaders are ready to come together to address an issue that is affecting all of California.
It showed that through intelligent, focused discussions, the people who make decisions, guide and influence the students in our community are so fed up with the state’s educational system they realize its time to start working together locally to ensure the future of our students.
The format for splitting up people into four groups (parents, teachers, community leaders and students) was also a particularly inspired idea. Each group had its own obvious ideas of what needed to be improved the most, giving the clearest understanding of where these demographics are coming from and what they want out of California’s education system. Students want better communication across the board. Business and community leaders want everyone to come together through mentoring and support. Faculty want more collaboration with each other across school district lines. Parents want more evaluation to see which methods are the most effective.
No matter what each group wants the focus to be about, the fact they are coming together at all on this level shows we are on the right track as a community that wants to see its students succeed and fix the potholes and gaps of our education system.
Schools talking about sharing resources is an amazing thing in a state educational system that generally encourages them to compete against one another. Parents who want to see which teaching methods are effective means they are truly paying attention to not only what their children are learning, but how they are learning. Business owners and employers who want more mentoring are showing a willingness to get their hands dirty and make students into the people who can help shape their companies’ futures.
All of it points to a huge leap forward in the social progress of our community and how working together can yield the best results.
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