We have serious issues affecting our nation. It is up to us to face them. We at New Rochelle Community Pulse have chosen to focus on the issue of equity in education here in the City School District of New Rochelle. All this in an effort to develop solutions to some of the problems that are perpetuating the vicious cycle of poverty and underachievement in our community. We believe that the task is doable and has greater applicability to our nation. There are practical reasons for doing this in New Rochelle. One of many is due to the reality that it is the place where our children were born, are educated and live. To perform this task we must ask ourselves and our neighbors very difficult questions. Furthermore, we must be ready to accept answers we will not like. We believe that when we are ready to face some of those answers, we will be ready to move forward.
One of the major roles of schools is to produce good citizens. This task becomes exponentially more difficult in environments where inequalities and unfairness abound. The fact is that injustice, when left unchecked, eventually finds its way around and victimizes anybody it choses, including those who ignore it.
There are those within our schools who do not act in the best interest of our children, but pretend they do. If you have an issue or an experience you have had with the City School District of New Rochelle and would like to share it with others, post it here or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are aware of any specific acts of discrimination, illegal, unethical or unprofessional activity by anyone within the City School District of New Rochelle we encourage you to step forward. If you are an employee who has something to report, we welcome your input. In addition, if there is a topic or question you would like to present to the community, let us know as well. We have stepped forward because we believe it is the right thing to do. “It is not my job” simply will not do. It is everybody’s job to improve our schools. We have no expectations that others will do the same. Nevertheless, as responsible parents, educators, citizens we find ourselves obligated to do so.
The irony of all this is that those who have abused our school system go about their days without remorse nor shame. Nobody holds them accountable. As a result, why should any of us worry about doing what is right? We have nothing to loose and everything to gain. Regardless of the outcome, our children will know that we performed our most important mandate, to protect them.
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
– Franklin Delano Roosevelt