Be True to Your School

01.12.10 | Dr. Stephen Coleman | Comments[4]


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The Beach Boys once had a hit song that was called "Be True To Your School." That was a good value then and is a good value now. That's why I was so impressed last month when hundreds of parents, students, and interested citizens participated and marched in a "Save Our School" parade in Blossburg, Pennsylvania.

The school in question is the North Penn High School in Blossburg. Some want to shut it down to save money on extensive repairs that are needed on the structure that was built in 1952. Others want this neighborhood or regional school to survive and do not want the students shipped off to high schools in Liberty and Mansfield.

I say that under no circumstances should this school be shut down and I encourage those who paraded to save the school in December to stage more parades and demonstrations because being true to local schools is so important. You see, when local schools are shut down so much is often lost including history, traditions, fight songs, sports rivalries, athletic opportunities, and getting an education close to home.

Recently, voters in the Corning-Painted Post School District in New York said “no” to a facilities plan designed to improve the schools. One important reason why the voters said “no” was a view that the plan was an attack on local schools. It would have closed four elementary schools, shut the doors on two middle schools, and eliminated one of the district’s two high schools. This outraged many parents who felt that -- among other things -- athletic opportunities would suffer, traditions would be eliminated, and that the remaining schools would be larger and more impersonal.

What the Beach Boys sang about over forty-five years ago is still valued and celebrated today: Be true to your school!

Finally, I hope that in the months ahead you the listeners will e-mail me with your take on the issues of the day. I’d love to share what you think with others over the radio! Comment below, or send me an email.


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on 01.14.10 Beth commented

Dr. Coleman,
Correction -Corning voters did not say "no" to Alternative C....59 percent said "yes" ....they just needed 60 percent to pass it.

on 01.14.10 Gary commented

Steve,
In theory I support independent, smaller districts but in today's economic climate it's just not feasable. The state of NY provides such incentive for schools to consolidate - it's no wonder so many mergers are taking place.

on 01.14.10 Gary commented

Steve,
In theory I support independent, smaller districts but in today's economic climate it's just not feasable. The state of NY provides such incentive for schools to consolidate - it's no wonder so many mergers are taking place.

on 01.14.10 Andrew commented

Hey Steve - did you hear in Wayne County that they might do away with all the schools ??

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