Education is the key to higher-level jobs

November 18, 2004

Dear Editor:

"...It is in public education that the American dream begins to take shape." -Tom Brokaw

To celebrate American Education Week, I want to briefly share one approach to ensure the American Dream for future generations.

Already the case at some fast-food restaurants, when you place your order at the drive-through stop, that order actually is being taken half way across the country at a call center. The local entry-level job no longer exists.

The message? We need to prepare our young people for higher-level jobs, Dr. Willard R. Daggett, director of the International Center for Leadership in Education, said at a meeting on Nov. 5 in Lexington.

Our schools must be able to do more. In addition to a changing workplace, our population also is changing. For instance, Hispanic growth is projected to increase from the current 12 percent to 25 percent of the population by 2025.


Hearing this message were eight Boyle teachers, district personnel and two principals. Boyle is one of six Kentucky school districts to participate in the Wallace Foundation's State Action for Education Leadership Project (SAELP), a leadership development approach involving 15 states across the nation.

We need to rethink the way we train educators, revise college preparation programs and do more to support leaders throughout their careers. The study also will focus on ways to welcome teachers to the process of sharing leadership. We will receive information from a professional network including the top 30 high schools in the nation to help move us forward in our efforts to prepare Boyle students.

Kentucky's public school children are learning at higher levels than ever before, but we at Boyle County Schools are not satisfied simply with ranking among the top 30 school districts in Kentucky. Our graduates must be able to compete anywhere in the world.

Schools are changing. We expect more of ourselves and from our students. We'll keep you informed about what we are doing to ensure the American dream.

Public schools, after all, are shaping the nation whose future lies in the hands of its citizens.

Pam Rogers, superintendent

Boyle County Schools

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