The Westbury School

A HIERARCHY OF RESPONSIBILITY

I live & work as an architect in Westbury and I’ve been volunteering to present at career day in the district for almost 15 years.  It’s been an honor & privilege to have had the opportunity to work with such amazing & gifted students for so long.  And the career day program that the school & staff has built is as impressive as it is inspirational.  Our students are invariably bright, charming, inquisitive, and full of potential.  And they are a gold-mine of wealth for themselves & our community.  Yet they consistently under-perform.  Parents, community, and teachers are all responsible to inspire & motivate our children to reach their potential and to learn.  But we believe the responsibility is not shared equally.  There is a hierarchy to this responsibility.

The responsibility to prepare students to learn falls first & foremost onto parents.  The act of having children obligates parents to be responsible for their children’s wellbeing.  Parents have more power, control and influence than any outside authority to discipline & motivate their children.  This obligation & opportunity makes parents the foremost responsible to inspire their children to learn.  Much of Westbury is hard working and parents don’t always have time for their children.  The community seeks to help by making an extraordinary sacrifice for the school through high tax.  But performance is also a function of pride.

If parents can’t inspire their children then the responsibility falls next onto community.  The school affects all of us weather we use it or not.  The school affects our properties, taxes, reputation & future.  So here again honor & pride are key components.  The district has always provided programs to aid parents and to inspire students.  But paid programs can’t replace mentoring programs that are built from the community, that are built from volunteers, that are built for free, and that are modeled after the inspirational career day program mentioned above.

The responsibility for inspiring falls lastly onto the school & teachers.  While they should inspire, their primary responsibility is to teach.  And they should be held responsible to be great teachers.  But if parents & community can’t inspire their children first, then the challenge to teachers becomes nearly insurmountable.  Conversely, if parents and community could produce students who were ready to learn, the academic performance problem might well be solved.

We seek a school board that will formally & publicly adopt & promote this agenda.  Every day more people are concerned about the school tax. The school is an investment that’s being lost.  If you trust the School board you don’t have to do anything. If you’re concerned, Board members hold power with only 3% of the electorate and are easily replaced. Visit our “voting info page” to learn more.

 

 

FUNDING VS. PRIDE

The school tax has become an enormous burden.  At the same time our valuable property investments are being lost because the school consistently under-performs.  I support the school, and I’m happy to pay more for it, but not if our extraordinary investment is consistently lost.

The school system is a business that requires funding.  At the same time performance is also a function of pride.  And no amount of funding can replace pride.  The school failure is a community failure.  It’s a community failure because the school directly affects us all whether we use it or not.  Instead of pride Westbury is consumed with apathy.  Only a fraction of the community participates in the political process or the school system in any way aside from what it is compelled to do.  And if apathy is not acknowledged as an essential component to school performance problem, than the problem has no solution.

Many people argue that the school problems are caused primarily by an overload of illegals and outsiders that don’t belong here.  But we believe that the standard should be based on student performance and not status.  Performing students are a good investment regardless of status.  And regardless of status, under-performance puts the foremost strain on success.

We seek a school board that will formally & publicly adopt & promote this agenda.  Every day more people are concerned about the school tax. The school is an investment that’s being lost.  If you trust the School board you don’t have to do anything. If you’re concerned, Board members hold power with only 3% of the electorate and are easily replaced. Visit our “voting info page” to learn more.

 

 

STUDENT MENTORING

I live & work as an architect in Westbury and I’ve been volunteering to present at career day in the district for almost 15 years.  Our children never cease to amaze me.  I believe they’re invariably bright, charming, inquisitive, and full of potential.  I also see a faculty & staff that’s conscientious & hard working.  The career day program they’ve produced is impressive.

Students perform up to their potential when they want to.  The district has always provided programs to aid parents and to inspire students.  But we believe in a mentoring program that’s built from the community, that’s built from volunteers, that’s built for free, and that’s modeled after the inspirational career day program mentioned above.  And under-performing students should be released from school and into the program.  We believe that a community based program demonstrates more caring than a paid program.  And in order to inspire students, they need to see that we care.

Here’s a proposal or example for such a program.  First a pilot program could be built for testing and refinement.  Start with 20 adult volunteers who would make themselves available & ready for training.  Training would be a 2 hr session in any school building any weekday evening. Training would consist of guidelines, sample presentation, and Q&A.  Follow-up training sessions would be available based on need.  Facility & staff are invited to lend their expertise so long as they are willing to volunteer.

The mentoring program would be 40 minute presentations broken into quarters.  The presentations would be offered in any school building any weekday evening.  Presentations would be tailored to specific age groups.

st quarter

The objective: to show the real value of our students to our community & future.  Our failure to appreciate this concept and to appreciate our students.  Why mentoring is a selfish endeavor that benefits everyone.

nd quarter

The objective: to show the relationship between caring & opportunity.  Why caring creates opportunity.  Caring about self, others, community & country.  The value of self reliance and personal responsibility.  The relationship between personal responsibility, limited government & prosperity.  The importance of patriotism, altruism, and student government.  How to surround yourself with people who are good for you & distance yourself from those who aren’t.

rd quarter

The objective: to demonstrate the presenter’s career, significant experiences, successes, mistakes & failures.  What life choices would the presenter make differently.

th quarter

Q&A for students.  Feedback from students.  What would improve the program?  Were any lessons learned?  Will students change?

We seek a school board that will formally & publicly adopt & promote this agenda.  Every day more people are concerned about the school tax. The school is an investment that’s being lost.  If you trust the School board you don’t have to do anything. If you’re concerned, Board members hold power with only 3% of the electorate and are easily replaced. Visit our “voting info page” to learn more.

 

 

A WINNING CURRICULUM

Our success as individuals depends largely on our success as a country.  We’re all in this together.  A great nation requires self & mutual respect, patriotism, and a government of the people.  Without these virtues we’re teaching our children to build a future in a country that doesn’t have any future.  So before we ever teach math, science or English, we should teach virtue first.

Altruism…  Self & mutual respect become mutually exclusive. That is to say that you can’t have one without the other.

Patriotism… America is not a perfect country but either is any other. But without love of country there won’t be any country.

Government… The only good government is a government of the people.  Every high school senior should fully understand the architecture of government and the nature of politics. And they should have the tools to organize & campaign.

We seek a school board that will formally & publicly adopt & promote this agenda.  Every day more people are concerned about the school tax. The school is an investment that’s being lost.  If you trust the School board you don’t have to do anything. If you’re concerned, Board members hold power with only 3% of the electorate and are easily replaced. Visit our “voting info page” to learn more.

 

 

EXPOSING COMPLUSION

I live & work as an architect in Westbury and I’ve been volunteering to present at career day in the district for almost 15 years.  I see firsthand what an invaluable & amazing resource our students are.  They are invariably bright, charming, inquisitive, and full of potential.  Yet they consistently under-perform.

Governments’ solution to education is to make it compulsory.  But performance is more a function of pride than compulsion.  If compulsion worked the students would perform.  Education is more like a garden wherein plants can’t be forced to grow but only nurtured.  Compulsion has replaced nurturing.  And it’s replaced our individual responsibility to inspire our own children to learn.  Performance starts with caring, and caring starts with family & community.

Not only has compulsion failed to solve the performance problem but it’s also backfired.  Compulsion is accepted without question so the collateral damage it causes goes unnoticed.  Forcing students to go to school against their will is causing student indifference & even defiance towards school.  It’s transforming the system into an unaffordable daycare.  And it’s putting performing students at risk.

We all want public education.  But the compulsion aspect is causing enough damage to raise questions.  It’s time to question the efficacy of compulsion.  It’s time to acknowledge that compulsion can’t replace pride, responsibility, and respect.  It’s time to question governments roll in education in the first place.  It’s time to stop pounding our students through school like round pegs through square holes.  And it’s time to put the responsibility to inspire our children onto family & community where it belongs.  The school system will only perform when school is an honor & privilege that must be earned.

We seek a school board that will formally & publicly adopt & promote this agenda.  Every day more people are concerned about the school tax. The school is an investment that’s being lost.  If you trust the School board you don’t have to do anything. If you’re concerned, Board members hold power with only 3% of the electorate and are easily replaced. Visit our “voting info page” to learn more.

 

 

THE NEW SCHOOL BUILDING BOND

I live & work as an architect in Westbury.  And as an architect I know that buildings last forever if they’re maintained.  Tax payers make an extraordinary sacrifice to maintain them.  So it’s heart breaking to see them in disrepair.  We trusted the district to be good stewards the people’s buildings.  And that trust has been broken.  We cannot, in all good conscience, justify the construction of expensive new buildings, until that trust is restored.  Until trust is restored we still have to address over-crowding.  And until then the only viable solutions are duel sessions and trailer type classrooms.

The district claims that new buildings won’t cost too much.   But in lieu of performance any amount is too much.   The district claims that the state will provide most of the funding.  But our amazing students are full of potential.  And the tax payers of the community, and of America, are simply reluctant to pour their hard earned resources into a community that doesn’t seem to care very much.

Perhaps the best solution to our school building problems is to find a way to tap into our students’ enormous potential first.  As a volunteer in the district I see firsthand how amazing & gifted our students are.  And it’s been an honor & privilege to have had the opportunity to work with them over the years.  But new buildings will not make them perform.  However, if we could inspire them to perform first, than we could afford the new buildings that they would deserve.

We seek a school board that will formally & publicly adopt & promote this agenda.  Every day more people are concerned about the school tax. The school is an investment that’s being lost.  If you trust the School board you don’t have to do anything. If you’re concerned, Board members hold power with only 3% of the electorate and are easily replaced. Visit our “voting info page” to learn more.

 

 

SCHOOL BUILDING USE

This is an outline of our agenda.  More comprehensive views will follow.

The school buildings & grounds of the Westbury school district belong to the tax payers.  As such, tax payers should be entitled to use them for any meetings that are open to the community and intended to address district policy or politics.  Any use for this purpose should be allowed without prejudice or fee.

For any use outside this limited purpose the buildings should be made available for profit in order to offset tax payer burden.  Any entity that agrees to pay for use of the buildings or grounds should also be required to provide their own insurance as deemed prudent by the districts attorney.

We seek a school board that will formally & publicly adopt & promote this agenda.  Every day more people are concerned about the school tax. The school is an investment that’s being lost.  If you trust the School board you don’t have to do anything. If you’re concerned, Board members hold power with only 3% of the electorate and are easily replaced. Visit our “voting info page” to learn more.

 

TRANSPARENCY

We the people of the Westbury School District entrust the school board with extraordinary power to manage the District wisely. It is our responsibility to ensure that the Board performs. This assurance requires;

The complete voting record for each acting board member to be displayed on the school website for as long as the member remains in office.

The record to be available on the site for download & printing.

The entire voting history of the School Board to be permanently archived and available for download.

We seek a school board that will formally & publicly adopt & promote this agenda.  Every day more people are concerned about the school tax. The school is an investment that’s being lost.  If you trust the School board you don’t have to do anything. If you’re concerned, Board members hold power with only 3% of the electorate and are easily replaced. Visit our “voting info page” to learn more.

 

EARTH RANGERS

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