The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

April 3, 2014

Your View: Education takes everyone

JOPLIN, Mo. — People like to think of the way families lived in the “good old days.” The children went to school, the dad went to work and the mom stayed at home and did housework.

Family life has changed. I believe in our global society, education needs everyone to make our children competitive.

Our schools have an “education team” with our teachers, clerical staff, custodians, food service employees and administrators. The education team should be like a sports team, meaning everyone is valuable and contributes to the education of every child.

However, education should not just be in our schools. Everyone in the community can help to educate our children.

Residents and businesses should not just pick up the tab with their tax dollars. Parents can work with their children at home during structured study time, retirees can help as tutors and tell students about the advantages and disadvantages of different jobs.

Businesses can provide education for students in specific careers. They can sponsor students in higher education and provide jobs for qualified students when they expand or vacancies occur.

I feel there is a place for everyone to contribute and assist our education team in all schools, but only if people are encouraged and allowed to participate. I am running for the Joplin School Board to make these kinds of changes to allow all taxpayers the opportunity to make our students the best and most competitive. Education takes everyone, so please join me to help our students succeed.

David Guilford

Joplin

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