Pray for peace on election day, don’t undercut public education
Pray for peace
During this time I am asking God for great peace and no rioting. Not any murders, not any death – no injury, no destruction. An end to all the mayhem that goes on with rioters and protesters, during this election night or ever again.
God please protect all of our police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians – all of our emergency responders come election night, and all the doctors, nurses, etc. that may have to do their part too. Pray everyone for great peace throughout the world during this election night, please.
Leslie Rakiec, Orange City
Education is currently a very hot topic. Unfortunately, education is not what is happening in the world of education. There was a time when the focus of education was learning and ensuring students were prepared for careers and life in general. Today, education seems to be about money, power and control, testing, and blame with the facade of doing what is in the best interest of children.
Education in its foundational form should be a collaboration of stakeholders working together and advocating for the common good of students. A means of joint accountability for student success. That is clearly no longer the case. This is evidenced by the lack of preparedness for many individuals graduating high school, unable to secure employment adequate to sustain them above the poverty level.
Yes, there are the few who are part of a strong community of support who excel, but what about those who do not have that support? Previously, teachers were their advocates. However, with all the requirements currently imposed on teachers, the time to make meaningful and lasting connections with students and families is inadequate. Additionally, student performance has been impacted by a lack of stability in instruction, with the constant transition of experienced teachers out of the classroom due to bureaucracy. So I ask, at what point does education return to the purpose of educating students for success?
Michelle Maclin, DeLand
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