How many times have you heard the phrase "all children can learn" spoken by a teacher or school administrator or posted on a school's web site? It's one of those catch-phrases that educators use to show our commitment to educating all students.
There's just one problem: it states the obvious. Of course all children can learn. More importantly, all children do learn. The question that we -- educators, parents, and the community -- need to ask is not can our children learn, but what will our children learn? Will our children be challenged to master the skills our modern society demands? Will our children learn to dream, and be encouraged to take the risks needed to make those dreams real? Will we demand excellence and settle for no less?
Right now, San Augustine High School is working to fundamentally change the way we look at education in rural East Texas. "Good enough" is not going to be good enough for our students. We are dedicated to creating a school that teaches our students to believe that hard work is the foundation of future success, no goal is beyond their reach, and the only barrier to achieveing a dream is one's own commitment to work toward it.