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SoVaNow.com / March 20, 2013Dear Viewpoint,
On March 18, I attended the Mecklenburg County School Board meeting. The key issue on the table was the schedule changes that are being implemented next year. Since I am not an educator, I do not know whether the changes will ultimately benefit or hurt our schools, but being in the room that night helped me to realize one very positive thing.
At least two dozen students from both Park View and Bluestone High were present. About six of them had the courage to stand and speak during the public input time. Several talked about the band program, sharing how much it means to them and how the proposed changes might prevent them from continuing to participate. One shared similar concerns about the agriculture and automotive programs.
Each student spoke articulately and with passion, a testament to both the education they have been receiving and their own personal character and determination. They are not demonstrating the potential to be leaders, but the fact that they are already leaders. They are standing up to fight for what they believe is right, which is perhaps the most important lesson a young person can learn. I applaud all of the students who took time on a Monday night to sit through a School Board meeting and make their voices heard.
Again, I have no way of knowing whether the decision to change the schedule was the right decision, but I do know that I feel good about our future. I encourage these students not to get discouraged because this decision did not go their way. I hope you will stand and speak with just as much passion when the next issue that moves your heart comes along.
Rev. James E. Moss