This past week, Susan J. Demas wrote a column that came down very hard on parents. She took them to task for not keeping up on their end of the bargain when it comes to educating their children. She said, “Forget blaming teachers. Blame the parents.”
On Monday, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners are set to decide whether to approve a request from a subcommittee of the Montcalm Alliance to enact a new millage increase to help economic development in our area — without putting it to a vote of the people.
With each school year, we begin a cycle of athletic seasons that complement our top priority: academic achievement. From time to time, we find ourselves reflecting on the meaningful role school-based athletics plays in our students’ overall education. We are also reminded that our purpose needs to be well understood and in the most effective situations, will be a shared commitment by students, coaches, parents, and the community. When expectations of purpose are not shared, our athletic programs aren’t able to make the positive contributions we hope they bring to our schools.
The approach of the holiday season is as good a time as any to ask what the essentials of a good education are. The only way we will reach our goal is to start by defining what it is that we want to achieve. janet
Being a parent is one of the most rewarding and, yet, difficult jobs that exists on the planet. Rewarding because you get to help nurture and shape a soul from the most innocent and helpless infant to a truly complicated and emotional teenager to what we all hope becomes a very responsible, thoughtful and giving adult.
There’s always lots of heartwarming stories unfolding during the holiday season — and Belding and Greenville are no exception.
As commuters traveled through downtown Belding last Tuesday, they may have been surprised by what they saw: Dozens of community members from Belding and neighboring communities silently and steadily marching with signs along the sidewalk near Belding City Hall. Their mission? To get former police officer Jason Cooper rehired to the Belding Police Department.
Recently, I was asked where I get the ideas for this column. I responded that I read a great deal — books, journals, information from professional organizations like the Michigan Association of School Boards and material I find on my own or that is shared with me by others. I have used most of those sources to write this column.
In Montcalm County, big government is dead and the economy is alive. In fact, Lakeview has expanded its economic base by more than 30 percent in the last 24 months, with the lowest unemployment rate in the county. The village has added more than $20 million in new investments and north of 60 new good paying jobs in the last 12 months alone.
I have asked The Daily News to hold the column I had prepared for this week and print this one instead because it is time sensitive.