Editorial: Resources versus involvement

April 20, 2013 

School officials have made it abundantly clear that significant additional resources aren’t coming to eastern Wake County schools any time soon. But, you know what? There’s a way around that.

And, while it’s hard to argue that resources aren’t important, we believe the greatest resource still lies right here in eastern Wake County and it doesn’t fall under the control of the school board, the county commissioners or any other regulatory group.

We’re speaking, of course, about parents and other adult volunteers.

And, yes, we can hear the cries of poverty. “Oh, but we are poor and our parents are uneducated!”

But that’s not entirely true. Take a quick look around at the people you know. There are doctors, lawyers, engineers, business executives, stay-at-home moms and dads, scientists, computer programmers, nurses... the list goes on. There are plenty of bright people who have wisdom to impart to our students at all levels of their education.

And, for those parents who may not feel like they can contribute to the educations our children receive, there are resources like the East Wake Education Foundation, which works not only with small children, but with parents too. Parents can learn to help teach their own children, supplementing what the students learn in school.

If we want to invest resources, that may be one of the very best places in eastern Wake County to put our money. And, that’s a group that knows how to stretch a dollar. They’ve been doing it for the entire 20 years of their existence.

Eastern Wake County may not see any new magnet schools in the near future. And, we give the school board the benefit of the doubt that money is tight still, despite the slowly-recovering economy.

But the best way to get anything done is often to do it ourselves.

If we want our children to perform better on tests and to actually learn more useful information in schools, we need to roll up our own sleeves and do some of the dirty work of educating our children on our own.

That could be through volunteerism in the classroom, it could be through extra vigilance and additional time at home spent reviewing homework with our own children.

If it sounds naive, so be it, but in most successful civilizations, we’ve seen that to the victor go the spoils. And the victors always make happen those things they want to have happen.

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