"I agree with Superintendent (Theresa) Neal that Grand Rapids Public Schools has a significant impact on the entire community. After all, they are training the workforce of tomorrow," (Greg) Sundstrom said. "It is important for this community to have a well-trained workforce." (emphasis added)
"Contrary to what many pundits and politicians may state, neither the strength of our military nor the intelligence of our intellectuals make our nation more likely to endure. It is also not the rise and fall of our economy, the housing market or the stock market that will be our saving grace or ultimate ruin. Rather, our nation's future hangs in the balance of we, the people: you and I and our readiness and willingness to take on the mantle of our citizenship. It always has been this way, and it always will be this way until the day comes when the American Dream slips from our collective reach. But in order to take on this mantle and breathe renewed life, generation after generation, into the American Dream, we must first be educated and socialized to do so." ~ Scottie Seawall, What is the Purpose of Public Education
Manager Sundstrom and others who believe schools are simply job training centers may want to read the full post as well as the comments that follow to gain a greater appreciation of what education is all about. After all, if Sundstrom is correct in his vision of K-12 education, wouldn't it be cheaper to just go back to the apprenticeship system?