Why Education Matters – “Parents are the Key” Angela Woods

It is an understatement to say that the Coronavirus pandemic has caused us to change many aspects of our daily lives.  These changes are clearly seen in our school systems locally and nationally. Because schools in North Carolina have been closed since early March, parents and other family members have become teachers without the benefit of formal training. Despite the hardships brought about by the physical closings of school so early, the Coronavirus has reminded us that education matters and it starts in the home, not the school system.

Parents may forget how instrumental they are in their children’s education.  I remember as a child seeing my father sitting at the kitchen table reading the newspaper to stay informed about local, national, and international events. He and my mother would often discuss the articles they read.  Our house was always filled with books including encyclopedias, a thesaurus, and a dictionary.  I recall the excitement of bookfairs in elementary school.  Despite not having a lot of money, my parents made sure we were able to buy a few books.  Saturdays were the best because we had our own library cards and would spend the afternoon finding and reading books.  My parents encouraged us to learn and to excel at learning.  They reminded us that we were smart and could not be held back by race or sex.  Although we played sports, our sports performances were never more important than our academics. 

The expectation and encouragement from my parents propelled me to attend the College of William and Mary and UNC School of Law.  As a licensed attorney, I am required to take continuing legal education classes yearly.  Learning should continually be a part of our lives. Parents/caretakers have an opportunity to make sure their children have a great foundation upon which to build.  Because of my foundation, I am running to be the next district court judge for Cleveland and Lincoln counties in the November 2020 election.  I agree with Marian Wright Edelman that “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.”  With so many issues we are facing in the world, parents/caretakers’ roles in the education of their children is an investment for our community and the world.  I encourage parents not to be weary in well doing because in due season you shall reap if you faint not.  Galatians 6:9. Education matters and your role in the education of your child is essential for the success of our community and world.

Attorney Angela Woods

“Education Matters” Chad Beam Teacher/ Pastor

My personal belief about Education, my feelings toward Education, and my faith in what makes me a quality Educator are all ironically intertwined into one antithesis of a statement, and it is this: One does not choose Education; Education chooses its own.

As a young black boy, Education wrapped its arms around my life and shielded me from the destruction of the streets and from the destruction of poverty. It chose me, whispered an irrevocable call into my subconscious spirit, and placed its mantle upon the shoulders of a young African American Male who was quickly headed toward the stereotypical and statistical damnation of failure that generationally claimed the likes of thousands like me, a damnation that drowned the life out of my younger brother at the age of fifteen.

It chose me, and each year that I teach, Education gives me seventy little brothers and sisters to replace the one I lost. It gives me but one choice and constantly reminds me of it; inspire and teach them to swim or let them drown.

This is my passion. This is my desperation. This is my reward. I didn’t choose Education; Education chose me.

As long as I am an Educator, it is for this purpose, for this passion, for this blessing of a curse that I choose to be chosen. This is the effect Education had on my life. 

“WHY EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN MATTERS” TROPZIE McCLUNEY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

COMMUNITY MATH ACADEMY

“DAUGHTER, LIFE FOR YOU WON’T BE CRYSTAL STAIRS, MUST GET YOUR EDUCATION!!” MY MOM SAID MANY TIMES.  GET YOUR EDUCATION, STUDY HARD. BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE.” EDUCATION MAKES THE DIFFERENCE.

THESE WORDS WERE HEARD OFTEN AROUND OUR HOUSE AS I GREW UP.  I KNEW AT AN EARLY AGE THAT EDUCATION MATTERED AND IT WAS DEEPLY INSTILLED IN ME.   THAT REINFORCEMENT IS WHY I BELIEVE WE MUST SOUND THE ALARM AND LET OUR CHILDREN KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION AND HOW IT CAN AND WILL CHANGE THEIR LIVES PERSONALLY, SOCIALLY AND ECONOMICALLY.  THERE ARE SOME SOUND PRINCIPLES THAT OUR CHILDREN MUST POSSSESS SO THEY CAN BE PREPARED FOR SUCCESS IN THIS GLOBAL ECONOMY.

  1. BE OBEDIENT, LISTEN TO SOUND DOCTRINE (1 SAMUEL 15:22)
  2. SET GOALS AND STAY FOCUSED (PROVERBS 29:18)
  3. MAIN SOUND INTEGRITY (ROMANS 14:16)
  4. DON’T GIVE UP (2 TIMOTHY 4:7)

EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN TAKES A VILLAGE, THAT MEANS EVERYONE MUST BE INVOLVED IN CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT FOR SUCCESS.

I.SET RULES AND BOUNDARIES, SPEAK AND DEMONSTRATE WHAT IS FAIR, JUST AND RIGHT. EDUCATION PREPARES THEM FOR SHORT AND LONG TERMS GOALS BUT IT ALSO TEACHES OUR CHILDREN TO THINK CRITICALLY ON ISSUES OF HUMANITY AND KINDNESS TO THEIR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS.   THEIR EDUCATION CAN GIVE THEM CONFIDENCE TO STAND IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY AS THEY PERFORM THEIR DAILY LIFE ACTIVITIES. 

II.TALK TO THEM OFTEN, MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT, INFORMING THEM OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO WORK AND STUDY HARD, ALWAYS REACHING AND ACHIEVING, FOCUSED ON THE OUTCOME, NOT ALWAYS THE INCOME.  MAINTAIN UNBLEMISHED INTEGRITY, CHOOSING THE HARDER RIGHT OVER THE EASIER WRONG AND BE BOLD IN ALWAYS KNOWING THAT WHAT YOU HAVE DONE AND ACCOMPLISHED HAS HAPPENED BECAUSE OF YOUR TENACITY, YOUR STRONG BELIEF IN GOD AND HIS GUIDANCE. AS LIFE WOULD HAVE IT, BARRIERS AND STUMBLING BLOCKS WILL COME THEIR WAY BUT THAT IS NO REASON TO STOP, DROP THEIR HEADS AND GIVE UP!! STAND TALL, LOOK AT THE WORLD RIGHT IN THE EYE AND SAY, “I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME!!”

OUR CHILDREN ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE, LET’S DO WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO ENSURE THAT OUR CHILDREN ARE READY TO FACE THIS WORLD. AS THEY MOVE UPWARD AND OUTWARD, REMIND THEM THAT THEY TOO HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO LEND THEIR SHOULDERS FOR OTHERS TO STAND ON AND ACHIEVE SUCCESS… JUST AS OUR GRANDPARENTS AND GREAT GRANDPARENTS DID FOR US! 

Education— Why It Matters? Dr. Danielle M. Grier

As a young black girl growing up in Shelby, North Carolina on Grice Street, Davis Road, and the Meadows Apartments, I held on to many dreams written down in journals with flower drawings in the margins. Dreams to one day become a poet and create cards like the beautiful Hallmark cards I saw on the store shelves. These were the kinds of thoughts that filled many pages of my journals over the years. Thanks to praying grandmothers, supporting parents, and many encouraging mentors, I held onto these types of aspirations and never stopped believing.

Let me introduce myself. By the grace of God, I am Dr. Danielle Mauney Grier, daughter of Tim Mauney and Saundra Banks. I have always had a drive for knowledge and a desire to learn something new. I live by the words life-long learner because I truly believe that there is always something “else” to master. But, I did not develop this attitude on my own.

It starts in the home. Learning and education begins with you—the parent. Whether it is indirectly or directly, you are teaching your children at home daily. Right now, in the midst of this at home situation, your child is learning how to react to the ‘unknowns’ and the uncertainty of things. But, even when we don’t know what tomorrow holds, we know who holds tomorrow. But, that is a conversation for another time.

Education is key for your child because it will and can prepare them for so many opportunities. My education at Gardner Webb University has afforded me the ability to educate the minds of many young people for more than 13 years. In my current role, as a curriculum technology coordinator and PST coordinator, I am able to work closely with some of the best educators in Cleveland County while also advocating for students during PST (problem solving team) meetings. And this is only the beginning!

One of my favorite quotes, by Rita Pierson is: Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists they become the best they can possibly be. During my life, I have been blessed with connections like this from amazing people like Mrs. Tropzie McCluney, Dr. Cindy McKinney, and Mrs. Wyonella Gardner.

Education for me has been a lifeline. At times, it was my safe haven, but it has always been a way for me to move forward and learn so many new things. Whether you are trying to help your child with phonics, Eureka math, chemistry, or learning how to count from 1-50, confidence is going to be key. Continue to encourage them and assist them when and if you can. Education is so much more than just passing a test or earning a certificate; it is a way of life. Education aids in our boys and girls having the opportunity to compete for jobs in the future, participate in decision making and critical thinking processes, and leading longer, healthier lives. For these reasons and many more, it is imperative that we make education a priority. And it does take a village. So, I encourage you to seek resources (i.e. mentors, tutors, shadowing opportunities) for your child in order to help them on this life journey. Be encouraged!

Education Matters Tannelaine Wilson

My name is Tannelaine Wilson and I am a high school educator.  I started my education in my parent’s home watching Reading Rainbow and Sesame Street.  My mother ensured I had plenty of books, crayons, pencils, learning coloring books, reading books, and board games.  Despite my parents never graduating from high school, they ensured all six of their children earned a high school diploma.  Quitting school was not an option in our home.

I began my formal education in the public school system of Bessemer City, North Carolina. During high school, I was dual enrolled at Gaston College and earned my North Carolina Real Estate Certification.  As a pregnant teenager, I enrolled at Gaston College earning an Associates in Applied Science. Then as a single mother,I enrolled in Belmont Abbey College and earned a Bachelors of Arts.  Next, I received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, a Marketing & Business Certification from North Carolina State University, and Masters of Executive Leadership from Gardner Webb University.   In 2016, I founded Community Preparatory Academy, a non-profit organization with a mission to prioritize parental education and network with community stakeholders to address disparities. I currently serve as a subcommittee leader for Pathways for Prosperity K-12 Focus Group and Board Member of the Cape Fear Committee on African American Heritage.

As a child, my maternal grandmother, Geneva Partlow told me to reach past the stars.  Later, Mrs. Tweety Stewart, my seventh grade English told me that I could change things once I grew up and that winners never quit.  Last year one of my mentors told me to strive to be better than I was the day before and my only competition was myself. My Spiritual Father, Reverend William Thompson reminded me that everyone that changed the world encountered difficulty but it didn’t stop them.  

It truly takes a village to raise a child.  Parent involvement, words of affirmation, love, encouragement, support, and inspiration matters.  Informal education is just as important as a formal education.  The foundation that you give to a child matters.  Humans are like flash drives.  All of our experiences download into our subconscious and impact our development.  What happens when a child is not given the tools to be successful?  As a veteran educator, I have witnessed the effects of children suffering and sometimes meeting their demise due to adult problems.  As parents, under no circumstances should children carry our burdens.  It is not a child’s choice to come into this world.  For this reason, it is our responsibility to ensure our children are prepared to learn, lead, and love one another.  

Our beloved Malcolm X stated, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”  In 1965, Brother Malcom X was telling us that education matters.  Today, I am stating that education matters.  How many changes have you witnessed during your lifetime?  Jobs, medicine, technology, processes, and simply the way we live continues to change.  Our children must be educated and prepared to ensure their existence.  We must think generational.  Today, reflect over the generations in your family.  What is the pattern in your family?  What can you do to change it?  Until today, you may have not recognized your role in your family’s legacy.  However, when we know better,  we must do better.

Why does education matter? William Thompson

Why should parents get actively involved in their children’s education?

My name is William Thompson and I am a product of Jefferson High School York, Alamance College Graham, Gaston College Gastonia, Sacred Heart College, Belmont, Mid Atlantic College, Rock Hill, and Emmanuel Bible College.

I am retired from Daimler Trucks North America after 25 years in supervision and a retired Baptist minister after 47 years.

This is a heart filled cry for parents to take an active interest in the education of their children. Help your child with his or her future today.

I want to say my quality of life has been one that has allowed me to enjoy a wonder life journey. I owe it all to my faith in God and seeking to obtain an education that would fuel the journey.

Without my faith I would have settle for a lesser life journey. I wanted to share not my faith today which is strong and rooted in God but why I think education matters.

Education fosters decision making skills and critical thinking. Children who attend school are taught about values, morals, and ways to solve problems. With the ability to make important decisions and consider all possibilities, children will no doubt be more successful in their personal and professional lives.

The more education you acquire, the higher your income is likely to be and the less likely you are to experience unemployment. A study in 2017 shows a comparison. Weekly earning power………..

Less than a high school diploma             $520

High school diploma, no college              $712

Some college, no degree                              $774

Associate degree                                           $836

Bachelor’s degree                                         $1173

Master’s degree                                             $1401

Although education is not a guarantee that a child will not end up in prison but statistic show that it is an indicator. Neither is church affiliation will keep a child out of prison.

The most recent report conducted nationally by the U.S. Department of Justice about the educational backgrounds of prisoners was in 2003. This national report states that of all incarcerated citizens in the United States; about 65 percent had not received a high school diploma, with just over 41 percent having dropped out and 23 percent obtaining a GED. Almost 23 percent had obtained just a high school diploma and 13 percent had gotten a postsecondary education.

Education has been proving to be a better lane out of poverty than putting all hope in a NFL or NBA career.

Words to live by………

IF AN INDIVIDUAL DEPENDS UPON A RANDOM, EPISODE STORY STRUCTURE FOR MEMORY PATTERNS, LIVES IN AN UNPREDICTABLE ENVIRONMENT, AND HAS NOT DEVELOPED THE ABILITY TO PLAN, THEN …….

IF AN INDIVIDUAL CANNOT PLAN, HE/SHE CANNOT PREDICT.

IF AN INDIVIDUAL CANNOT PREDICT, HE/ SHE CANNOT IDENTIFY CAUSE AND EFFECT.

IF AN INDIVIDUAL CANNOT IDENTIFY CAUSE AND EFFECT, HE/ SHE CANNOT IDENTIFY CONSEQUENCE.

IF AN INDIVIDUAL CANNOT IDENTIFY CONSEQUENCE, HE/ SHE CANNOT CONTROL IMPULSIVITY.

IF AN INDIVIDUAL CANNOT CONTROL IMPUSITIVITY, HE/ SHE HAS AN INCLINATION TOWARD CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR.

Parents there is nothing in this world we love more than our children, so now is the time to get involved in their future by help them complete an education cycle.

Step one is graduate high school with all the tools to be prepared to live life to the fullest.

Throughout my life I have had great journey to serve and I give God all the glory:

  • Board of Directors Patrick Senior Center in Kings Mountain
  • Foundation of Carolinas – Cleveland County
  • First and third vice-moderator of the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Association.
  • Moderator of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Association for four years.
  • The Cleveland County DSS board of Directors
  • Cleveland County Board of Elections
  • Board of Directors for Communities in Schools
  • Board of Directors United Way of Cleveland County
  • Board of Directors Hospice of Cleveland County
  • We Build People for Christ
  • Board of Director for the State of NC DSS and President
  • Board of Directors Cleveland County YMCA
  • Board of Directors for the Alliance of Health Cleveland County 
  • Obesity Prevention Advisory Council,
  • Board of Trustees Cleveland Community College of Shelby, North Carolina
  • Board of Directors Minority Health Council of Cleveland County
  • The Jesus Video project of Cleveland County
  • The Children of Cleveland County
  • The Homelessness Task Force of Cleveland County
  • Earthen Vessels of Kings Mountain
  • Board for C.O.R.E. of Cleveland County
  • President of Kings Mountain Crisis Ministry