Parents and Teachers Together are Champions of Change
Parents and Teachers Help Students Learn
You may have seen and read about the newly released movie “Won’t Back Down”. It’s about parents and teachers who are frustrated by a school that doesn’t meet their children’s needs. Driven to make a difference, they come together to improve their school and help students get the education they deserve.
Not every school suffers from the problems depicted in the movie, but clearly the traditional solutions don’t work for every child and rapidly developing technologies are forcing us to look at how we prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s workforce. The reality is that too many schools are failing their students. Nearly a quarter of all students drop out of high school. And the number of so-called “dropout factories” (schools in which at least 60% of students do not graduate on time) numbered 1,550 in 2010.*
The question at the heart of the film is: how can people work together, so today’s students learn what they need in order to succeed in tomorrow’s workplaces and society? Finding solutions and implementing change is never easy. We are all failing our children if we don't accept some responsibility for its current state and work together to fix it.
The good news is, amazing stories of change and collaboration are happening, all across America. Many of us know stories of amazing teachers and parents, working tirelessly to champion the needs of students.
We want to hear those stories and celebrate these champions who are working to make sure that the needs of today’s students are being met, one child at a time.
Join the conversation by sharing your story on our Facebook page.
After all, the story you share could inspire others to make a change in their communities.
(* Washington Post, 3/19/2012)