When I first heard about Educate Midland, I can honestly say that I was skeptical.
I thought that this was going to be another one of those groups that get together, talk about inclusiveness, gives a few presentations and all of a sudden, after a few meetings, the ideas blow away with the West Texas winds. Many of us have experienced this before.
Well, let me be the first to say that it looks like Educate Midland will not be that kind of organization. After being invited to take part of the Leadership Committee of Educate Midland, I am seeing a very different approach that is truly inclusive. This organization has kept its word about being inclusive across the board. Why do I say that? After attending all four meetings where the community was invited to listen and speak on the educational system in Midland, I saw and heard the desperate cry of many teachers, parents and students.
The presentations have been up front and hard to look at because we have to admit to many failings within our schools. The bleak numbers being presented add to the pressing need of getting the entire community involved. This committee has done something that I have never seen before. Educate Midland means business when we say that we want all of the community involved.
This past Monday, a meeting was held 100 percent in Spanish to cater to those parents who do not speak or understand English. Wow! I was born and raised in Midland, and I have never been part of a city effort of this magnitude that included all segments of our community to the point that it was important for us to give a presentation of this high importance completely in another language. Yes, we can ignorantly argue like so many others that this is America and that everyone needs to speak English. If we continue with that type of ignorance, it will continue to get us nowhere. If we want to be real and walk the walk of inclusion, what Educate Midland did was groundbreaking in our community.
Now that we are all on the same page, we can understand that the only way to fix our educational system in Midland is not to point fingers or play the blame game. The statistics and numbers do not lie. We have a serious problem in Midland and it’s time for all of us to be a part of the change. The future will not wait, and neither should we.
I am proud to say that all of Midland is invited to be a part of this groundbreaking educational movement. I want to commend the great work that is being undertaken in the infancy of this great organization. I for one will continue to encourage my community, teachers, parents and students to be a part of Educate Midland because it will change Midland’s future for the better. I encourage all of you to be a part of Educate Midland. The time to criticize is over. It has gotten us nowhere. The time to step up to the plate and do something is now. The future won’t wait.
Luis Sanchez is on the Educate Midland’s Leadership Committee.
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