Education is fundamental
The opportunity to gain a sound education is fundamental to our progress as a state and as a society, but our success rate with serving some students is glaringly insufficient. Employment opportunities too seem not to be available to all populations. This inequity of access holds us all back.
Since I have no children and am not directly associated with the school system, my comments here stem from my thoughts and involvment as a private citizen. I am of the opinion that there is a great need for many more private citizens to become knowledgable of public affairs — and become active in the decision-making process of our area.
North Carolina is focused on the future of our state and our community. Business, government, and academia are working toward the advancement of all through responsible policy and wise public and private investment. As citizens, we have the right — and the responsibility — to take part in the decisions that shape our state.
I firmly believe that both our economy and our educational system are driven by the public. When business and industry show support for schools, schools improve. If that support demands equity, equity will follow.
When business and industry set the example for equity in their hiring and promoting practices, our community moves closer to building equitable opportunity for all our members.
On the contrary, when the economic system furthers divisions, it contributes to an attitude in our greater society that divides groups, disenfranchises people, and creates friction.
RTP has the best chance of any area in North Carolina to establish the model for doing things the “right way.”
The resources are readily available to create an ethos in which best practice becomes common practice. If this is made a priority, all will profit — and in time other areas will emulate our model.
Dudley E. Flood, Ed.D.
Dudley E. Flood, Ed.D., was born and reared in Winston, North Carolina. He has devoted his life to public education, beginning his career as a math, science, and English teacher at the eighth grade level, and serving 21 years with the Department of Public instruction as a specialist in school desegregation and race relations. Dr. Flood was awarded North Carolina’s highest civic honor, the Order of the Longleaf Pine Award, three times by three different governors. He currently serves on the Board of Governors for the University of North Carolina.
RTP thanks Technical Sgt. Brian Christiansen for use of this photo and for his service to our country. Technical Sgt. Christiansen is in the U.S. Air Force, North Carolina National Guard.