We admire those who are “straight shooters”, those who we know will tell us exactly how it is, without sugar-coating the facts. Education is a business of communicating performance, results and direction. The information is intended to be used to make change and improve whatever is produced. While I firmly believe in tact, kindness and professionalism, it is my opinion we need to consider being a little more direct and firm when communicating with others. I’m talking about adults in general needing improvement, and not just educators. It is much easier to tell a person something they want to hear rather than something they don’t. People respect a person that tells the truth, a person that tells the same story, no matter the audience.
In this day of political correctness and fear of litigation, it is hard for people to just give you an answer that you can “take to the bank”. But, I know the teachers at Wood River Rural Schools are working daily to build confidence, judgement and straight-shootin’ in the great young people of our community. The future is bright for Wood River!