To the Editor:
The Supreme Court wrote in Wisconsin v. Yoder, “The history and culture of Western
civilization reflect a strong tradition of parental concern for the nurture and upbringing of
their children. This primary role of parents in the upbringing of their children is now
established beyond debate as an enduring American tradition.” The importance of
fostering collaboration between parents, students and education professionals creates an
optimal learning environment for every student’s success.
Citizens exercise their privilege at the ballot box determining which candidates to entrust
with one of the most important responsibilities: helping to plan for the education of their
community’s children. School boards are a unique American institution. As elected
officials, self-government is the cornerstone of democracy.
The pandemic has had devastating impacts on learning and academic normalcy is out of
reach for many students, due in part, to school districts waiting on guidance from Albany
rather than establishing goals and objectives to meet the needs of local stakeholders.
Warwick’s ability to minimize these impacts was built around the school board and
superintendent’s desire to provide parents with a choice in their children’s educational
needs. Parent’s voices were heard through the use of surveys enabling the administration
to ensure as much in-person learning as was available. Warwick was one of the few districts
that established this precedent early on. As the negative effects become more evident,
from lockdowns and continuous remote learning in other districts, positive collaboration
between parents and the administration will have been proven a true success.