Craig Editorial Board, Jan. to March 2012
- Al Cashion, community representative
- Jeff Pleasant, community representative
- Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
- Bridget Manley, newspaper representative
- Chris Nichols, community representative
- Josh Roberts, newspaper representative
Community pride, as evidenced by support for Bulldogs sports teams, is lagging, and residents have a right to demand more from their schools.
When compared to how pumped up other communities get about school sports, support for the Bulldogs fails in comparison.
In some places, people go crazy for the hometown football team; the entire community revolves around it.
Here, however, school spirit is muted and the fervor is lackluster.
What happened to the days when fans packed the stands during a home football game and when Craig residents piled into buses to go to out-of-town games?
The issue here isn’t just about football or any other school sport, for that matter. It’s about taking pride in the schools and community. It’s about recognizing successes, both on the field and in the classroom, and demanding improvement in areas that need it.
The Editorial Board argues that to foster pride, the naysaying has to stop. Pointing fingers won’t make things any better.
The same goes for the attitude that dismisses any new idea posed by someone who isn’t from around here.
This isn’t to say residents should live in denial and ignore what needs to be fixed.
On the contrary, they should demand higher standards, especially from their schools.
The mantra this year at Moffat County School District is “Every student will graduate.” That’s maybe a good benchmark, but it shouldn’t be the ultimate goal.
The Editorial Board hopes teachers, principals and administrators expect their students to do more than just get a diploma.
Students who are in school just graduate and move on to bigger things are missing the whole point of education.
Students need teachers to push them to achieve more. Teachers need to be pushed to teach better. So it should go up the chain, all the way to the top, until schools give students the best education they can get.
Some people may say it’s no use — Craig doesn’t have enough resources or enough people to achieve better. But that’s just plain wrong.
Craig and Moffat County are small compared to more metropolitan areas in the state, but that’s not an excuse for settling for less.
Everyone in this community needs to know that it’s worth the effort to keep improving until Craig is the best small town in the state.
Start making noise. Start demanding more. Start taking pride in the place you call home and the schools that you support with your tax dollars.
There’s no reason to do any less.
*Note: Bridget Manley substituted for Joshua Roberts during this week's editorial board meeting
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