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Give kids the chance ‘to reach their potential’

Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

I think like most people, my wife and I approached parenthood with excitement, anxiety, concern, hope, and a host of other emotions. One of the more important decisions we grappled with was our children’s education. It was clear the Dixon Public School system was experiencing some challenges. The local media frequently made mention of financial setbacks, deficiencies in technology and textbooks, and then came the loss of teachers.

Issues facing Dixon Public Schools are shared by many, if not most, public school systems across the country. The lack of funding in public schools has a direct result on student performance. In a Harvard University study done in 2009, American students ranked 25th in math, 17th in science, and 14th in reading, out of 49 major industrialized countries. The statistics haven’t improved much since 2009.

So, what are we, as parents, supposed to do? Do we send our children to private school? Do we move? Do we homeschool?

Our society today faces many entanglements – war, poverty, hunger, energy, the environment, health care, etc. With so many problems to solve, where do we start? Where do we focus our time, money and energy?  

My belief is the answers lie within the minds of our greatest resource – our children. I believe in the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child.” And that’s where I’d like to start – in our “village” – with our children. That’s when I decided to run for the Dixon School Board.

I don’t have any experience as a board member, nor much experience as an educator, but I do have a passion for giving children every opportunity to reach their potential. If elected to the Dixon School Board on April 9, that is the sentiment I will bring to the table.

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