This is an update on yesterday’s post Don’t Let Them Win – A High School Lesson in Democracy
We won this round!
We walked into the school last night, children in tow, and blew the socks off the school board.
They weren’t expecting so many parents.
They weren’t expecting our children.
And most of all, they weren’t expecting so many of the high school kids to want to keep the school open.
I think it shocked them to see that the rumors they were listening to were NOT from ALL the parents. The rumors were NOT from ALL the kids.
Despite what the school board has heard, MOST of the kids WANT to keep the high school open. MOST of the kids WANT to graduate from their hometown. They DON’T WANT to be shipped off to some other school that is far from home.
And due to the kids, and their overwhelming support for each other and their school, our school will stay open for this school year – no matter what!
I was so proud of ALL the kids last night.
They came, they spoke and they were honest with the school board and the community. They knew they had a right to speak their own opinions and they used their first amendment right with grace and dignity.
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
My own daughter, stood up and spoke to the school board and the community and I was so filled with pride that I almost lost it and broke down in tears.
She didn’t have a long speech, but made it clear to the school board and the community that their fears of a sub-par education are unwarranted. She told them all that if given the right materials, she and her peers could learn anything, regardless of our dwindling population and finances. She told them that their education is their own and they are responsible for it…not the teachers, not the principal or the superintendent, but the children themselves.
And she was right.
The girl is brilliant and so are her peers!
It doesn’t matter where to they go to school. It doesn’t matter how many students are in the class and it doesn’t matter whether the teacher is a long-term sub with a high school diploma or a college professor with a doctorate degree.
These kids are like sponges and they are ready and willing to learn anything.
No matter what happens in the future, whether our school closes next year or not – these kids will succeed in everything they do and the reason why is simple…
They WANT to succeed.
This, my friends, is a true lesson in what democracy is all about.
These kids knew they had a right to speak and they did it so very well…and because of their speeches and the love they have for their school, they won.
Have a Spectacular Day!