Education is an important part of the equation, but I believe we are failing our students when we encourage them to commit to education and then a number of those who commit have to go out of state to find a good job. Part of developing a good economy involves producing an educated work force.
Serving as a school board member has given me valuable insight into the very complex topic of education in Arkansas. Solving the tough issues in education will take much discernment and hard work from a host of people. One of the first challenges is to determine who the real experts are. The education business is filled with experts. The problem is that many of the experts have polar opposite opinions.
The crucial need in education in Arkansas is leadership. We must have the discernment and dedication to develop a clear vision of what is best for the education of the children, and we must have the courage to champion that vision in order to see it implemented. We must set higher expectations for the Arkansas Department of Education and hold them accountable.
For the sake of our future well being, we must commit to excellence in education and quality job growth in our economy. When the adults get focused on correcting the issues and providing real solutions, those being educated will be convinced that education is important. When our students are presented with high expectations that are made credible with tangible evidence, then we will see the improvements we desperately desire.