Here in the United States our democracy was purposefully engineered to include a system of Checks and Balances. Theoretically speaking, the system is a sound approach. The effectiveness of this system if translated to the context at hand, hinges on the willingness of stakeholders in the democracy holding our leaders accountable. We do not believe that all our parents, stakeholders, educators and taxpayers have exercised their rights and responsibilities under the provisions of this system of Checks and Balances. Many of us have been socialized to embrace mediocrity. We have convinced ourselves that this is the way things are and we have no control or say on our destiny. We have ignored the gift of numbers and the ease of coordination of resources and communication we all enjoy. Never in the history of humanity has it been easier to mobilize and effect positive change. Idealistic conversations are intellectually stimulating. Private grumbling has not yielded much either. But I ask you, when does rhetoric become action? Whose job is it to change things? Can we continue to choose non-involvement and pretend that everything is “excellent?” When do we stop begging for results and start holding our school leaders accountable?
This being stated, at the time of this post (July 28, 2008) our City School District of New Rochelle has not made public our “District Goals & Objectives 2008-2009.” Lets hope this is addressed rather quickly since we are already halfway through the summer. Maybe the topic will come up at tomorrow’s Board of Education meeting.
See for yourself: City School District of New Rochelle Policies and Procedures