“Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this son of York; And all the clouds that low’r’d upon our house In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.”
-- Richard The Third Act 1, scene 1, 1–4
Dr. Romain Dallemand is now the former superintendent of the Board of Public Education & Orphanage for Bibb County. For many in the community this marks the end of a winter of discontent. When, however, will the glorious summer arrive for the students of the county?
Will those voices of discontent continue to shout and demand a top-notch education for the county’s schoolchildren, or will they fall silent again? Will those supporters of Dallemand get behind the new superintendent, whomever it is, or will they walk away disappointed and choose to avoid another battle?
It has long been said that a community gets the education system it deserves. Admittedly, this community deserves more, but will it fight for more? Dallemand’s one success could be measured in the number of people who finally got excited or agitated about public education.
There are huge challenges ahead, While the common core curriculum is being touted as the way forward, it also has the potential, in the short run, of impacting youngsters in a negative way.
Will the community have the foresight to also implement plans to address those children? Will we continue to demand a higher graduation rate or will we settle for being bottom feeders? What will we do to impact youngsters well before they hit high school to ensure that all the county’s children have the expectation of excellence? Will we understand that education is a community effort rather than one left only to teachers and school administrators?
We should answer those questions, as a community, before the search for a new superintendent begins. It might help us find the right person to lead the system -- and our community.