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Superintendent's Report

By Broadus Schools Superintendent Jim Hansen


April 14, 2022

It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago, I was going through the teacher education program learning how to prepare a proper lesson plan. The entire curriculum was almost entirely academically based with little or no emphasis placed on classroom management, motivating learners, or the teaching of values. As a young educator, I was naive to believe education consisted solely of presenting the curriculum effectively, correcting homework, and assigning grades.

Educators are expected to teach values each day without even giving it much thought. Schools attempt to uphold the values outlined in their board policies and student handbooks, such as attendance, grading, and behavior expectations. Teaching values during these contentious times has become much more difficult. However, I believe most of us can agree that one of the most important lessons we can teach our youth is the importance of responsibility. We may not all have the same values or agree with the expectations or established rules, but for the sake of our youth, it is vital students understand the value of responsibility. With far too many exploring loopholes or excuses to justify their actions, maybe a lesson in self-responsibility would provide the greatest life-long benefit.


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