Let's be champs in academics, too
I believe we've all heard the old saying, "It takes a village to raise a child." Without question, that philosophy is still very relevant. A few months ago, we were offered a wonderful example of what a "village" can do when the Clover High School football team won the state championship. Students, parents, school staff and a community met the challenge of the high expectations as set by an ambitious, capable football staff. I could go on listing examples of high expectations being met and the resulting wonderful accomplishments throughout our school community. The formula is not complicated -- a leader, supported by a community, with a vision and a plan that asks for more (and gets it). When it all comes together, the results are always good, though not often are organizations fortunate enough to go "all the way."
What's my point? We need to have that same "village" focus and ambition when it comes to our academic programs. It's time to win that state championship. We have the resources, community and professional staffs to accomplish great things. This is my second year in Clover, and I am aware that many are satisfied with our academics. I've even heard it suggested that to push our students any harder academically would be inappropriate. Imagine the results if this had been the attitude surrounding football.
There is no question that we see evidence of success academically; we outperform state averages in most areas. But is that the bar we want to clear? Should we, as a community, reach for a higher goal? Our football team did; they were better than everyone else in the state. For a community like ours, more of our students should be going to college, more of our students should be graduating on time, more of our students should be taking and excelling with SATs, and more of our students should be taking the most rigorous offerings, including a full schedule their senior year.
I was once told by an experienced and successful superintendent that truly special schools/districts are good at everything. We have that potential -- the potential to accomplish great things across the board, if we make the decision together to truly challenge ourselves and support the effort.
Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Programs
Clover school district
Bible gives us real creation story
Evolution and the Bible, contrary to what Richard Dial says, are in direct opposition to each other.
If he would read the history of creation found in the first 11 chapters of Genesis, first book of the Bible, he would realize creation and evolution are in direct conflict. I went to the online Web site he says is a great source of material proving evolution. The first article was titled "Missing link feather fossils found in France." According to the article, this evidence of "an intermediate and critical stage" in evolution is the first documented evidence of species transition found in the fossil record,
The first line of the article reads: "Primitive feathers that represent a key missing link to their evolution have been found, fossilized in 100-million-year old amber from France."
The last paragraph of this same article reads: "The first known bird is Archaeopteryx, which lived about 150 million years ago"
Fossils of Archaeopteryx have been found so well preserved that the microscopic details of their feathers can be seen.
I do not see how Richard or other evolutionist can consider this a proven transition when evolutionists already have a bird that lived 50 million years earlier.
We do not find conflicts like this in the history of creation in the Bible.