When opportunity knocks, many people take advantage. It seems that Pulaski County parents are not interested in or concerned about their children and their education, judging from participation in two recent meetings.
County school officials offered parents an opportunity last week to learn about and discuss student success, or lack thereof, during a meeting at Pulaski County High School
Parents and educators must partner for the success of students and the education system and that meeting was an opportunity, missed.
Yet only eight persons, other than school officials and teachers were present for the Sept. 24 session at PCHS. That representation from a school enrollment of 4,685 shows a dramatic indifference and lack of concern on the part of parents.
When the shoe is on the other foot, meaning there are problems, parents are quick to blame school officials and teachers while tending to ignore their own shortcomings or children’s’ actions.
Then there was the “town hall meeting” hosted by the county school system last Wednesday for citizens to offer suggestions on how the county and school system can improve efficiency.
Again a small group of citizens, about four actually, took time to participate in an effort that could impact the entire county.
The public seems to be more discontented with every aspect of government, and even life.
The public is throwing up their hands amid the growing demand for services, benefits and funds from every segment of government, as revenues grow tighter and expenses rocket higher and higher.
Those demands cover a wide range of wants, needs, demands, and services.
Consensus is “let others do it” and not get involved- that is until time brings matters very close to home. Then it is a different story with different demands and considerable participation and input.
Put indifference and unconcern aside. Get involved.