Dear Public Education Advocate: Let’s create a movement

Dear Public Education Advocate:

At this moment…Let’s create a movement. Public education is under attack and now more than ever, we believe public education stakeholders must come together with a shared voice and proclaim their success in educating generations of Pennsylvanians. It’s time for you to tell your school entity’s story!

This movement starts with PSBA’s “Stand Up for Public Education” campaign, which will provide the tools your local school district needs to counter the few vocal critics who portray our schools as failing. We all know nothing could be further from the truth.

On this Stand Up For Public Education website you will find:

Help us share the stories by spreading the word to both internal stakeholders (school board members, professional staff, support staff, administrators, parents, teachers, retired teachers and students) and external stakeholders (community, legislators, media, business community, local government, senior citizens).

Your leadership as a public education advocate for your community school is critical – now more than ever. We are counting on you to share your school entities’ successes. Thank you for telling your story!


Marianne L. Neel, 2011 PSBA President
Thomas J. Gentzel, PSBA Executive Director


  1. I would like to see you put together a list of the “Changes in Public Education” as it pertains to public education in PA. I received a copy from a relative who is involved in public education in the state of Indiana. It lists all the various areas public school has been asked to oversee throughout the decades. From nutrition and immunizations to expanded early childcare and wrap around programs, it is important for the community to realize that it is not just education we have been entrusted with. We are responsible for what the parents cannot, or will not, do and teach.

  2. Many analysts have pronounced the U.S educational system in crisis. But are schools to blame for the modest achievements of some children? Or does “socialization” have a greater impact on academic performance than the quality of our schools? I believe, that the view of
    our schools, as failing to educate, stems from the unrealistic demands that the education system should deal with urgent social
    service needs. Citizens and politicians expect teachers and school to keep children off the streets and away from drugs, deal
    with teenage pregnancy, prevent violence in the schools, promote safe sex and perform a myriad of other task and responsibilities in addition to teaching traditional academic subjects. As the social service needs of our students have moved into the classroom, they have consumed the scarce resources allocated to education and compromised the schools’ academic
    function. The primary role of teachers has become that of the parent by proxy; they are expected to transform the attitude and behavior of children, many of whom come to school ill prepared to learn.If we are to deal effectively with the crisis in American education, we must start with an accurate definition of the problem. We must separate teachings and its academic purpose from in school social services. Only then can we assess the true ability of schools to accomplish these two, sometimes opposing, functions. I firmly believe that for American schools to succeed, parents and families must become more committed to the education of their children.


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