Our Future is in our Hands
I know you’re angry. I know that you feel like you’ve been duped, tricked, misled once again. I know that we have felt this feeling so much that it’s almost expected here in Cleveland. Of course it hurts a little bit more because our babies were involved. No matter what we don’t like anyone messing with our babies, they are our only hope. They are our future! At this time Cleveland Metropolitan School District is going through a transformation stage. Transformation much like change is a word that many of us don’t quite appreciate because we’re afraid of change. Recently, the C.E.O of CMSD Dr. Eugene Sanders has resigned from his post leaving much of the community enraged. I can understand your anger, your frustration and to be honest you should be angry but for a different reason. We should be angry at the state of our school district but you would agree that we were in this predicament long before Dr. Sanders took this position. Our school district needed transformation long before it came from the mouth of Dr. Sanders. Cleveland has needed a transformation long before many of us arrived on this planet. Its easy to place blame on the person who tried his best to transform our city even though we all have been whispering, “our future is in peril and if we don’t do something about it we will fall with no way of getting up.” Why have we been afraid to yell the obvious? And not only yell but develop a plan to bring about a transformation that we so desperately need? Sometimes it hurts when outsiders tell you how terrible your condition is. I think it hurts because we know the problem more intimately than them and we have decided not to do anything about it. I’m not just talking about changing, I’m talking about evolving. We must evolve as a school district and a city so that we are able to compete with other countries not just districts within our borders. Why are we still whispering about our problems while our future is screaming for help, screaming for our help. Everyday they scream with their actions, the stress in their eyes, their disobedience. Their screaming, “LOVE ME,” “GUIDE ME,” “HELP ME SAVE ME,” and what do we do. We whisper, “somebody should do something about it,” “somebody should help them,” “somebody should make a change.” Well guess what? That somebody is us! Dr. Sanders did his best. I can promise you that he didn’t come to destroy our kids. We didn’t need no outsiders to destroy us we’ve done a great job at that! But if we know the problem, why don’t we fix it? I think the key to fixing our problem is that we must stop giving our problems to somebody else to fix! We must fix our own problems! I urge us as a community to push for our next CEO to be from Cleveland! Of course this candidate must have more qualifications than that but I think that this is extremely important. A Clevelander knows Cleveland! The problems, politics, and people make Cleveland a very beautiful and ugly place. Lets find a person from our city who has the intelligence, courage, compassion and dedication to truly transform our city. Transformation is not just about closing and opening schools but its also about opening minds. I have some people in mind and I’m sure you do as well. Lets give a Clevelander a chance. Let that be our first option. See when you grew up in the city that your serving, leaving is not an option. Don’t get me wrong you may leave, but home will always call you back. Dr. Sanders did the best that he could do, when will be able to say that about ourselves. The Future is in our hands!