I have been an advocate for education since the early 90’s. I am a product of Edgecombe County Public Schools and I have not attended a college. However I have taken a couple of classes at the community college. I have been blessed for the past 28 years to have worked at one the most high tech and high paying jobs in Nash County however the company is located at the Edgecombe County line.
I have been attending the Edgecombe County Public Schools Board meetings over the years and videoing them. I have challenged and supported the system and many times I was the only parent present unless other parents had a personal agenda for attending.
This morning on WCPS (Your Morning With Yolanda Show co-host Dr. Glenda Knight) host was on and I heard the tail end of Rev. Roosevelt Higgs conversation about the Edgecombe County Report Card as it relates to Edgecombe County Public Schools. I know he means well however I believe that most folks don’t have a clue about what the report card actually means and how it directly and indirectly affect all children of Edgecombe County. Rev. Higgs alluded to the make up of the county being predominately black as if the issue is a black thing. I know we are predominately black in Edgecombe County but I don’t see that being the sole problem. When I hear a comment that make it seems to appear the reason why the grades appear is because of black folks, I get pissed. The mess about companies not coming and/or leaving because of the education system here just tickles the hell out of me because I ain’t buying it.
Every time I hear a conversation about the people of Edgecombe County not being educated enough to work the jobs that are here and that could possibly come here just pisses me the hell off. I will be talking about this on the local talk shows and wherever because I strongly feel there is much discussion needed on the issue so folks will not be confused about what is really going on.
I disagree that we as black people need to do a whole lot more as it relates to the education system in Edgecombe County. Now don’t get it twisted because all folks can and need to do more but I refuse to make the education system solely about students and parents. I disagree that we as a black people are not educated enough to work. I know for a fact that we have young blacks whom have not been to college that are working in high tech jobs in Edgecombe and Nash Counties and abroad. Hell back in the day some of our parents didn’t even finish school and have worked public jobs and done damn good. I am not encouraging anyone to quit school however what I am saying is let’s don’t get it twisted because there are a lot of smart folks walking around whom have quit school, didn’t go to college and whatever but that does not mean they can’t do a job. Hell I don’t care how much education one has as long as they have enough education to be trainable, then they can be productive. We will always live in a society whereby all folks will not finish school and/or go to college.
I have been a part of discussions as it relates to Edgecombe County Public Schools since the 90’s as an advocate for education and I have hosted a couple of meetings about education in the county. I have received certificates of graduation for participating in the yearly (PESP) Parent Education Studies Program through the NC Justice and Community Development Center Education Leadership Institute at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill NC on June 14, 2002 and again on May 30, 2003 at the Holiday Inn Gateway Center in Rocky Mount NC. However my experiences does not only include this training but I have received other training as well by attending other educational venues. I am currently a member of the NC Rural Education Working Group whereby I have been a member for around the past 3 or 4 years. I am by no means saying I am an expert or know it all but I will say that I know what I know and will challenge anyone when it comes to Edgecombe County Public Schools as it relates to the system, (PTO) Parent Teacher Organization, (SIT) School Improvement Team and other components that make up the system. I have many resources and when I have a question that need some clarity I contact them.
Now that Senator Erica Smith-Ingram is the Edgecombe County representative I and others have gained a new resource. The Senator just happens to be an educator now Senator, ain’t that grande?
I feel now is a good time to set up a meeting/s to talk about the education system as it relates to the report card.
Stay tuned for more information.