When I was a young child attending the public school system in Savannah, Georgia, we had a program called the PTA (Parent – Teacher Association). For those who are NOT familiar, Parents and Teachers ACTUALLY WORKED TOGETHER. Novel concept right? Well, in many areas it was, and still is, a great success. Unfortunately, people are not consistent and their attention span gets shorter and shorter with each generation. Realizing this, the new Superintendent of schools for Savannah- Chatham County and the employees of the Savannah Chatham County Public School System came up with Operation Beacon. Nice name but it is the same concept of the PTA under a different name.
WHY DOES THE SCHOOL SYSTEM HAVE TO BEG THE PARENT TO COME SUPPORT THEIR CHILD? This is the million dollar questions. NO! The system is not suppose to raise your child. YOU ARE! Only with parental input and support can a child become successfully educated. It makes me sad, however, that parents have to be reminded of this. I commend Dr. Ann Levett for pushing this initiative. She is a native of Savannah who graduated, went away, established her career, and came back to fill a need that she saw. I only hope that people will rally around her and this program, but I am not really confident that we will have PARENT BUY IN! It is not an easy task educating children, and now, in many cases, even harder to educate the parents, of the importance of teaching as a team. The PTA, for whatever reason, has not been very successful in my city. I hope that Operation Beacon will be.
OPERATION BEACON. NICE NAME! SAME CONCEPT AS PTA! Hopefully, BETTER RESULTS!