Community conversation at Congress Elementary could contribute to policies | News
by Emberly Vick in OPINION
Attendees of a community conversation asked questions about how we value: are they treated children equally and are we prioritizing their needs?
What letter grade would you give the statewide education system?
What letter grade would you give the local education system?
These were two inquiries asked during an open community dialogue on Wednesday June 14. The small community conversation was held in the Congress Elementary School’s gymnasium.
Of the fourteen individuals present at the gathering entitled, “Community Conversation on the Future of Education,” 60 percent of the audience graded the statewide education system with a C average. A score that is valued as poor in some medical schools and one that is a mere 10 percent away from what was given the local system, a D average, a grade recognized as failing among many colleges and universities.
The forum, which was held by The Center For Michigan, a non-profit organization with an aim “to engage thousands of people across Michigan in...discussions through the end of 2012,” also has objective hopes of ensuring that the Michigan residents’ perspective of education is not discounted during policy considerations this year.
The general goal is to ensure that adopted policies will contribute to the relief of the states' economic misfortune...