After three months as ASBJ‘s spring intern, I’ve written a lot of blogs and learned a lot about education, school boards and what it takes to help students succeed. In this, my final post, I thought I’d wax a little nostalgic and run down some of the things I’ve picked up.
First, I learned that well-run and maintained school boards are indispensible to public education, because they are the best entities at judging what students need, measuring progress, and coming up with programs and solutions that cater to schools on an individual and local level.
Huge federal initiatives can be great at promoting idealslike Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign and its goal of fighting childhood obesitybut lasting change can only happen if school boards make it so. The federal government might not know the best way to overhaul a district’s lunch menubut a school board would.
I learned that charter schools are actually public schools, and they might not be the miracle cure for the achievement gap that they’ve been lauded as. I’ve seen that school law has not always caught up to the times, whether this means the 20 states that still have no law against corporal punishment, or the countless school districts without clear guidelines for digital student media.
I have been continually reassured that the simple answer is always best: naps can help you learn, a wide vocabulary is always an asset, and social networking has its place in schools as a promotional tool and a way to get feedback from the community.