Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

November 18, 2013

Leaders should do right thing and invest in our schools

When you do the right thing, you know it and you feel good about it.

When you hold the door for someone who is elderly or loaded down with packages, or allow a car to pull ahead of you in traffic, or take a moment to compliment someone for a good deed or achievement, you feel good about it.

However, sometimes we are in a hurry or frustrated with accomplishing a task and we forget that our actions or lack of action bothers others.

We take for granted that our behavior makes no difference.

And because we take things for granted, we set aside special days or weeks to bring attention to those “taken for granted” things.

The week of Nov. 18-22 is American Education Week. This is a time for thinking about how we, as Americans, value our young people and our education system.

It is a time when parents, families, communities and educators think about creating partnerships to foster environments that are conducive for student learning.

Every child in America should have access to quality public education, regardless of family income or where they live.

When we invest in our schools and our students, then the future looks good for our children. Strong schools create a strong economy and a strong country.

This is a good week to encourage our elected officials to do their part to ensure adequate tools and resources for all schools, to make sure that students have access to a world class education.

Our children are our most treasured natural resource.

We encourage them to do their best, so let’s do the right thing and tell our county leaders to give our children the best.

John P. Reuschlein, president

Allegany County Teachers’ Association

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