What, exactly, do we expect from a newly-reunified East Wake High School?
The answer to that question will go a long way toward shaping the nature of the school in the coming years.
If we really think the changes being made at that school won’t improve long-term performance, then performance isn’t likely to get better. If, however, we insist upon and give voice to our expectations for improved performance, we believe that change will come. Students may not be motivated by teachers who give them work to do, but they are motivated by what their parents want from them.
The bar set by the community has to be high. So far, the new school leadership team has established its own expectations bar. It’s cause for some consternation among students, but if school leaders will maintain their expectations – and if parents will adopt those same expectations – our children will work harder of their own accord to reach them.
It all comes down to what we really expect.