From elementary school through high school, students have the chance to learn more languages than ever, be part of more clubs, participate in national bees and be a part of programs through grants that are available. There is more technology being used than ever before, and teachers have resources they’ve never had in the past.
I almost wish I were a high school student again (almost).
Going back through all the AP tests I took and thankfully passed could be worth having the experiences students can have now. The things I cover as a reporter just blow my mind sometimes. Having a child chess prodigy walk into your classroom, taking students on a sea expedition, sending all kinds of students and teams to take part in national competitions and using cell phones to the advantage of students have all been impressive, wonderful stories to be able to cover.
For young parents— people, in fact, with whom I graduated — this is an exciting time for their children’s education. A kindergarten student can go through a language immersion program and become fluent in Spanish, French or Chinese.
Many can also be involved in the ever-growing Spectrum program for gifted and talented students. And they are all a part of wonderful classes with the opportunity to use white boards, computers and technology as well as participate in more class projects like plays, field trips and sports.
It will be exciting to watch the young generation that includes my niece and nephew grow and use what they’ve got available. The community has never been more involved, and we have people who truly care about education.
My hat’s off to those people and teachers who keep trying for grants, keep coming up with programs and won’t give up their students’ education for any barrier. And to parents and current students: take all the advantage you can of what the Davis School District has to offer.