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Letter to the Editor: Not Enough Diversity in Barrow County School System

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Dear Editor,

I am not a regular reader of any of our local news publications and here is why.

There is not enough journalistic integrity locally to even print the truth.

I, Barnard Sims, addressed the Barrow County Board of Education on (9/4/12) the night our teachers were celebrated. Since no one bothered to print what I said, I referenced statistics from our schools systems website (there are only 30 African American and Hispanic teachers COMBINED in our entire school system of 14 schools and over 1,000 educators) confirming what is obvious when we walk into any of our schools. Frankly, it was clearer on that night while we were acknowledging our teachers. It was the "elephant in the room." 

We Do Not Have Enough Diversity In Our Public School System! 

Our public schools are our community. We could be more effective at educating all the children in our community if our schools teachers looked more like the community it servers. 

I had a conversation with Chairman of the Board Mr. Mark Still after the meeting. 

Mr. Still asked me "Well, what are you suggesting we do as a school system? "

I said "The test (for AYP) tell us exactly what we don't do well and most importantly what we need to work on. Central Gwinnett has figured out how to educate all it's minority sub groups." 

The Chairman said "Well, that's one of the best schools!" I asked, "Well ... what are we trying to be?"

The Chairman then said, "Well, they have one of the most diverse group of teach-e-r-s ... Oh well I gotta go my wife cooked."

Might I add we were in a room full of food. I guess the truth was in the pudding and if anyone cares that's what I'd like to read.

Barnard Sims
Statham, Ga.

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MINNI September 14, 2012 at 01:04 AM
TELL IT!!
Barnard September 14, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Only 3% of the two majority minority sub groups combined as teachers is not called drama! It's called data!
TMD September 14, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Again...What does that have to do with how our children are being taught??? Do you have a list of Qualified Minority candidates that you can provide to the school district? What are you trying to change with this "data"? Do you think that by having a higher level of minority teachers in the school district that it will change the way our children are being taught?
TMD September 14, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Again...What does that have to do with how our children are being taught??? Do you have a list of Qualified Minority candidates that you can provide to the school district? What are you trying to change with this "data"? Do you think that by having a higher level of minority teachers in the school district that it will change the way our children are being taught?
DNM September 14, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Diversity: the state or fact of being diverse; difference; unlikeness; variety. Are you saying that the 1000 plus teachers we have all teach the same?? Please explain your expectations of “diverse” because I am confident in saying that there are NO 2 teachers the same so what other diversity do you need? So therefor, Mr. Sims it doesn't sound like you take pride in your community to offer a valuable or productive solution. If you are that ashamed maybe your children should attend "Central Gwinnett," I'm sure they would welcome you! Frankly, I do not feel as if the teachers are solely a reflection of our community it is the people and the businesses we have within the said community. Education should be a combined effort between the school and the parents, so if you feel that your children are lacking diversity maybe that is where you as a parent should start. Yes, our #1 priority should be why our students have not scored highly on the AYP and move forward.

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