One of the events I look forward to each year is the annual recognition of Torchbearer Schools. These are schools where at least 80 percent of all students receive free-reduced lunches, yet the schools academically perform very well.
I’ve been to many of these schools and am always amazed at what I find. In a nutshell it is all about great principals and dedicated staff going over and beyond the call of duty. There is no magic, no one has found a silver bullet, just people doing what they do best which is work with children.
Hardly a day goes by that someone doesn’t take issue with me about public schools. It happened today when a long time friend emailed to say that no one in Alabama understands education. I fired right back and told him he was wrong and rattled off a long list of educators who have proven their worth time and time again.
My response today included this video of Torchbearer schools from 2012-13. I spent time in each of them, from Florence to Dothan, taking pictures and visiting with staff. And after 2,500 miles I was convinced that we do indeed have schools across this state that are working. They are doing far better than the naysayers want you to believe.
Do yourself a favor. Watch the video. See for yourself what some folks refuse to acknowledge for the simple reason that it flies in the face of their agenda.