The dignity of our children is a central issue for me, and it is one of the most important factors in a wide range of educational issues our students face. We as a district need to do a better job of acknowledging the individual nature of each student, redouble our efforts to meet the needs of our children, and ensure that they all receive the dignity, respect and consideration they deserve.
In practice, this means that we as a district must:
- Enact safety protocols that minimize stress or emotional trauma to students;
- Establish strong policies surrounding in-school assault and bullying;
- Protect our children against discrimination based on race, religion, gender, identity, ethnicity, ability and socioeconomic status;
- Take decisive, measurable action to address the achievement gap;
- Move toward a curriculum that takes into account our children’s myriad learning styles;
- Ensure that every child receives the help they need;
- Advocate for holistic, whole-child assessments;
- Phase out so-called “temporary” classrooms and maintain facilities.
Every child is a gift. Let’s do a better job prioritizing our commitment to every student in our district, as we strive to create a brighter future for them.