A High Quality, Well Rounded Education for EVERY Student
Sunday, October 13, 2013 • 5:45pm
Four weeks from today the residents of Warren will have the opportunity to bring new, experienced and proven leadership to Watchung Hills Regional High School Board of Education. This is what I intend to do with your support and your vote on November 5th.
In order for the citizens to make an informed decision regarding which candidate to support I have committed to posting a new position statement each week leading up to the election.
My priorities include:
- High Quality, Well Rounded Education for EVERY Student
- Open Communication and Transparency
- Fiscal Responsibility, Accountability and Integrity
Today I will share my views on a “High Quality, Well Rounded Education for EVERY Student.”
It is important to understand we live in an environment where we are not just preparing our students for college. We are responsible for developing the foundational skills needed for our students to be successful in a career and in life.
Many of the students entering Watchung Hills over the next four years will end up in jobs that do not exist today, in industries that have yet to be invented.
Think about it.
A recent survey of the top 1000 CEOs identified the skills they consider most important for success. The list includes: problem solving, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. The best strategy to develop these skills is to provide diverse course offerings and experiences for all of our students.
The New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards adopted by the New Jersey State Board of Education defines the curricular expectations for our students. These require our students to develop skills in the following nine content areas: Mathematics, Language Arts Literacy, Visual and Performing Arts; Comprehensive Health and Physical Education; Science, Social Studies, World Languages, Technology and 21st-Century Life and Careers.
There has been a lot of focus on how students perform in math and language arts literacy recently. This is largely due to the fact these two subjects are measured through statewide tests and are the sole focus on the new Common Core standards. In some communities this has lead to a narrowing of the curriculum and an obsession on testing and test scores above all else.
Someone once said, “You can’t fatten a pig by weighing it all the time.” And, we can not educate our children if we are students are testing or preparing for tests all the time.
Scoring well on tests is one thing. Developing the skills to be successful in college and career is another. Success in language arts literacy and math is important. However, this should not be at the expense of providing a well-rounded education for all students.
We need to help our students develop skills needed so they may be applied to a wide variety of career paths… to be successful in these industries that have yet to be invented. Providing a robust curriculum with opportunities in the core content areas combined with rich extracurricular offerings is the pathway to educational success.
I am committed to working on behalf of the residents and our students to make this success possible.
If you agree we need to provide high quality, well-rounded education for all of our students then I am asking for your support.
Vote Bob Morrison on November 5th.
For more information visit: http://www.votebobmorrison.com