When we think of conflict arising when it comes to education services, we would like to believe that it’s a matter of providing the best possible foundation for our children’s future. The issue that were facing in the Placer County area recently though, is one that directly conflicts with providing the best possible education and more to do with the maintenance of monopolies that have been in place over decades. This conflict reaches every student, every home and political individual across all spectrums, leading to the need for a resolution to come soon.
The issue that we face when it comes to the education system in the South Placer County area as of late is an embroiled battle between the public school system, which has enjoyed a long-lasting death grip on all things education related over the last few decades and the few charter schools that have been attempting to present another alternative to parents looking for the best for their children. This is much akin to smaller cell phone companies attempting to offer services that rival the big brands, often being met with hostility, lawsuits and endless lobbying.
The problem with it happening with our school systems though is that often it’s the students who bear the brunt of these conflicts. Educators who have come into the South Placer County area from other states are often surprised by the current norm in the area when it comes to teaching. With a high focus on test scores and less on providing quality education on an individual basis, it has done nothing but regress the level of capability that our educators have in treating each student. This becomes a downward spiral as it often works in direct contrast with propelling results forward.
From town hall meetings to the courtroom, the political stage to the homes of every student, the ripple effect of this constant conflict between two different educators believing that they have the best options available is felt. A particular point of worry for the public school system is that charter school options have been increasingly popular, with more parents in the area of bringing their children to these locations in order to obtain their information, which of course has a negative effect on the financial bottom line of their establishments. It can be easy to see why they’re so willing to fight.
Ultimately, the most important aspect of this entire conversation is ensuring that our children have the capability to get the best possible education and as long as these issues continue to pervade the entirety of the establishment, we will get no further in improving the capabilities that we provide. We want to ensure that every child in the Placer County area has the ability to enjoy their time in school, to set the foundation for their futures and to know that each individual that they interact with throughout the day, in a leadership role, has their best interests in mind.