~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Support Our Schools!There is a contingent in town that frequently tries to paint some folks as anti-school, so we thought it would be useful to look at what it means to really support our schools.
First, though, let’s examine the opposite.
How To Support Mediocrity:
1. Support the Administration & School Committee fully and blindly; never question or criticize in any way, and work to silence those who do.
2.Look the other way when you see something wrong. Continuing to employ a coach arrested for drunk driving is normal. A staff member paying down personal credit cards with school money is perfectly alright. Doing nothing about athletes exhibiting aggressive, erratic behavior is OK.
3. Accept at face value regurgitated lines, i.e. "It’s a personnel matter” and “We wish we were at liberty to say, but on advice of counsel....” and “We trust them with our children, so why wouldn’t we trust them with our money” without ever stopping to think about the vacuousness of such statements.
4. Don’t worry about money spent on lawsuits, legal counsel, OML violations, etc. Just try to get more money in the door and it will all work out. No need for accountability, as long as you have a large enough slush fund.
5. Vote for your friends, regardless of how much you know about where they stand or their qualifications.
6. Trust, but don’t verify.
How To REALLY Support Our Schools:
1. Get involved - volunteer when and where you can. Get to know the teachers and try to help them in any way you can.
2. Understand how your tax money is spent. Knowledge is power.
4. Demand accountability. Every penny that is spent unwisely or unlawfully deprives your children of educational dollars.
5. Educate yourself before you cast your ballot. Don't rely on friends & neighbors to tell you how to vote.
6. Speak up when you see something wrong. When warranted, report it to the proper authorities anonymously, if you wish.
7.Understand school finances. Since more than 70% of Wayland’s tax dollars are spent on our schools, it is critically important that the money be spent wisely. Would you like to see language offered at the elementary schools, fewer administrators and more teachers (smaller class sizes) and better MCAS or SAT scores?
8.Run for office or volunteer to serve on a board.
Supporting our schools is NOT accepting things as they are without question and never having the nerve to challenge the status quo. Truly supporting our schools is the opposite of that - it is getting in close-up, asking lots of questions and learning about why things are they way they are and then working to try to improve and expand on our strengths, while also dealing with our inefficiencies and striving to eliminate all fraud, waste and abuse, because every penny of every dollar should go toward educating our children.