I told Muscogeee County School District Superintendent Dr. David Lewis after today’s Rotary Club of Columbus meeting, “You did it!” He smiled and said, “We did it.”
He’s right, and I’m proud of Columbus’ once again showing it supports its children and public education by approving the latest SPLOST.
And to those who voted “no,” I know that doesn’t mean you don’t support our children and their teachers. I hope you’ll accept that the majority has spoken. Now let’s pull together to make our school district as good as it can be.
As I said before. I am going to vote for the Muscogee County School District SPLOST.
The school district does have its problems, but not providing adequate facilities and today’s technological learning tools is not going to solve them.
At the top of my priority list is greatly reducing poverty.
A lot of people believe education is the answer.
It can’t be, though, if the kids don’t learn.
Why don’t they?
Are the best teachers assigned to top performing Columbus High and Britt David Magnets?
One teacher said, “Put those same teachers at Columbus High and Britt David in failing schools that are full of Title 1 kids and see how well they do.”
Kids with affluent, interested parents who read to them when they are pre-school, and support them intellectually and emotionally to help them meet high expectations when they go to school, for the most part, perform much better than kids who don’t have that. There are, of course, exceptions.
Public schools reflect society.
Anyway, public schools are the hope of the future, and I’m going to support them. Hope you do, too.
When I was young, fiction interested me more than non-fiction. Since my family subscribed to both the Columbus Ledger and the Columbus Enquirer, I did see the front page headlines on the way to the comics and movie ads, and I did see the newsreels when I went to a movie, so I did have an idea of what was going on in the world. But it was the feature films and the cartoons that I cared about.
Then, as I got older I became more interested in reality. A highlight of the year was radio, and later, TV coverage of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. And when, as a teenager, I got into radio broadcasting, announcers did a little of everything back then. They read commercials, newscasts, and hosted disc jockey shows. It was the disc jockey shows that I wanted to do the most. Still, reading wire service radio news copy served me well when I matured enough to specialize in news, first on radio and then on TV. I learned to interview news subjects, edit audio tape for radio, and shoot and edit film and video for TV news.
I basically stopped reading fiction, concentrating on non-fiction. But, I never stopped going to the movies, watching entertainment TV, and listening to music, live and recorded. All of us need some escape from the real world. And now I find myself escaping even more when I watch TV and go to the movies. There is so much distressing news in the world. Fortunately, there are enough quality TV programs and movies to hold my interest. A prime example of quality TV programs is Downton Abbey. The British are especially good at producing period series and movies for TV. Downton Abbey is over for this year, but Selfridges, another excellent period series follows it, so I won’t complain.