One Superintendent’s Presidential Campaign Platform
Topics: Advocacy & Policy, School Administrator Magazine
September 01, 2016
Appears in September 2016: School Administrator.
Listening to campaign promises being tossed around by presidential candidates in both major parties has left me wondering: “What if superintendents could just announce what they would do on the job — no plan or hard work needed!” A superintendent would simply will an action, and it would happen.
In that spirit, I present an 11-point campaign platform for education in 2016:
- All children will be loved.
- No families will live in poverty.
- All children will start school on an equal basis, economically and socially, and will be ready (and eager) to learn.
- All children will read by 3rd grade and will love reading.
- Every child will love middle school and will use those years to discover his or her best future self.
- No students will ever purposefully bully others, and, if a student unintentionally hurts another student, classmates will help minimize the hurt and inform the misguided bully.
- All students will graduate from high school after a successful three, four or five years — whatever is most appropriate for their learning needs and styles.
- Student assessment will be fair, multifaceted, timely and informative.
- Funding for schools will be sufficient.
- Every teacher and school leader will be caring, talented, successful and appropriately rewarded.
- Every child will be safe, healthy, engaged, supported and challenged.
There you have it — my agenda for making America great again!