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Letter to the editor: An appreciation for American Education Week

At this time of year, we have many reasons to give thanks for family, friends and good health. We also have reason to appreciate living in a country that provides students with great public schools so that our children can grow, prosper, and achieve in the 21st century.

Last week, American Education Week was celebrated. The annual theme in its 88th year is "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility." We read in the newspaper about schools throughout our region and country that are challenged with meeting annual yearly progress goals and are focused on educational reforms with standards and testing of skills that may not truly measure student achievement levels. Many news reports have focused on what is wrong with American education. I want to focus on what is right, nationally and locally.

One of the most impressive facts is the large number of presidents, prime ministers and leaders from other countries who have experienced the American Education system. Our American Education system offers the most cutting-edge, sought-after programs at the world's best schools. Locally, we are very fortunate to have the involvement of parents and community members who have supported educational quality of our schools within the West Fargo area. We are fortunate to have great teachers, who work countless hours out of the school day and year in planning, developing curriculum, improving their skills, and adapting curriculum to meet the students' needs. We are fortunate to have educational support professionals of our school district including the paraprofessionals, custodians, bus drivers, administrative assistants, and kitchen personnel, who are committed to provide a quality education for our students, so they are prepared for the future.

It is a "basic right" that our students deserve a quality education. It is our "responsibility" to have the continued involvement of parents, community members and educators to ensure our children have the knowledge and skills to succeed in life. On behalf of the West Fargo Education Association, I want to express my appreciation to the school district staff, parents, and community members for their continued support for educational quality.

Joan Connor

West Fargo Education

Association President