The group of 26 business leaders who have expressed their deep concern for the “state” of Richmond Public Schools need to suck it up. They need to put their money where their mouth is and get their foot in the door of schools that need them. It will never be an easy fix to […]
The group of 26 business leaders who have expressed their deep concern for the “state” of Richmond Public Schools need to suck it up. They need to put their money where their mouth is and get their foot in the door of schools that need them. It will never be an easy fix to get the schools where the Gang of 26 wants them. It will take volunteers, money, and a community coming together to care for the whole child, not just the academic side of the kids.
If the Gang of 26 really feels that the state of city schools, “an emergency situation that must be dealt with immediately and with bold action,” then they need to start showing that THEY are willing to help. Per Buttermilk and Molasses, NOT ONE of them showed up at last night’s Public Square on education hosted by the Times Dispatch.
It makes me wonder if they even care. At all. Or even if they know how to care. You don’t care for something that’s broken by throwing your political weight around and declaring a “crisis!” That is like screaming “FIRE!” in a crowded theater and then making sure you are the first one out. You care for something or someone that is broken by showing up and saying what can I do to help. You set an example for your employees and your peers by showing faith in the system (ie Gov. Kaine sending his own kids to Richmond Public School’s Holton Elementary) and showing that you will help by showing up on your day off, or paying your employees their salary while they take a few hours to tutor or volunteer at a school. You show you care by offering scholarships to kids from the projects who manage to succeed despite great odds against them. You care by offering them internships (or even just a glimpse) of how your company works and what kind of life they might be able to have if they put the work in.