This post has been updated.
“If you don’t care about education, we will make you,” Scott Lewis said in a VOSD podcast back in September.
That might sound like the sort of bold proclamation someone makes when they get carried away by feelings. But here, Scott is nodding to something deeper about how closely we as parents and community members pay attention to what’s happening in our local schools.
That is, we all say we value education. But, for whatever reason – maybe due to a lack of understanding, maybe a feeling that their voices won’t be heard – many people care about schools only from a distance. They don’t actively engage school topics through social media. They don’t show up at school board meetings, or vote in school board elections.