Education is not just for the schools to provide. They canít do it all nor should they!
Of course parents play a key role but there is another critical source for childrenís education - businesses. Yes, businesses. They can also play a major role in educating. I know we have some school-business relationships but not enough and not ongoing. We have many schools that would thrive from an adopt-a-school program. If 100 businesses each adopt one school, there would be plenty of schools that would welcome the opportunity to participate and become partners.
What would that mean? In essence, so very much to so many school children. Business persons would visit the school on a regular basis. They could talk with the children about their business, set up programs where children could visit their place of business and learn how business operates, provide summer work opportunities and, equally important, develop strong and valuable relationships.
There are cities, such as Boston, that have had long-term school-business relationships for many years. While I know we have a few in the St. Louis region, it is time for us to greatly expand these business/school partnerships. So I would like to call upon the RCGA, Civic Progress, and the Regional Business Council to lead the way. Business would then be involved to training students they way they feel necessary in order to make them ready for hire.
If we could have such a commitment from all what a difference it would make for the children of St. Louis and for the future of our region.
(The opinions expressed are not necessarily those of St. Louis Public Radio.)
Susan Uchitelle is a consultant for the Voluntary Interdistrict Coordinating Council.