It was not necessarily my intention to use this blog to point a finger or preach a sermon but the members in charge of making decisions for Atlanta Public Schools are not just embarrassing their constituents, they are sabotaging the country’s future. The real victims of this selfish group of immature adults are the children who attend the schools. If the public schools in Atlanta lose accreditation, some very bright and capable youngsters also lose, the city loses, the state loses and in the long run everyone loses.
This is not about your needs, wants, desires of even thoughts. This is about what is best for the city of Atlanta and the public schools producing the next generation of movers and shakers. No, I don’t live in the city or have children attending Atlanta public schools ( a blessing I am more than grateful for daily), but it doesn’t take a genius to see how the inability for school board members to put aside their differences and personal agendas is damaging a great city with the potential to produce some of the finest our future will see.
Atlanta is a melting pot of various cultures, races and religions. This very nature gives the city an edge over smaller municipalities which don’t have the mosaic of personalities to enrich the educational climate with opinions, experiences and diversity for true learning. Yes, every large metro urban school board is faced with kids who will fail, teachers who perform poorly and discipline and academic problems of seismic proportions. Smaller districts have the same on a smaller scale. There is a lot to deal with but demonstrating to the very children that you hope to instill a sense of worth, respect, tolerance and integrity to that you condone or turn a blind eye to cheating, will punish whistle blowers or disrespect the opinions of your colleagues is not simply hypocritical, it is downright dangerous.
Your inability to come together for the sake of doing what is right begins to tumble the dominoes that bring a great city down to your level of mediocrity and shame. Loss of accreditation changes the whole portrait of a city. Property values fall, migration of families means loss of revenue for public works and improvements and gradually those hoping to make Atlanta their home decide otherwise whether they are planning to relocate an entire
company or a household.