Feb 28, 2013

Youth Leadership Looks at the Future of Education in Visit to Oak Park School District

Dr. Knight Describes the Future of Education

 On Wednesday, February 12th 2013, the  Youth Congress Leadership Program paid a visit to Oak Park High School, a public high school in the Oak Park Unified School District. Listening to the esteemed superintendent of this district, Dr. Tony Knight, gave us an in-depth idea of what it is like to work in education today.  Dr. Knight not only touched on everything in our school system from the types of programs that teachers have to go through to their annual salaries, but he also explained the current state of education. 

However, Dr. Knight warns that getting teacher jobs in today’s economy is difficult and outlined several areas of need that could help us get a leg up on others interested in education. Even though we have been in the school system most of our lives, we bombarded Dr. Knight with questions about education in general at the end of his presentation, to which he answered remarkably. As Dr. Knight said during the lecture, to be a teacher, “you have to wake up happy for Monday mornings,” giving us students a clearer idea and impetus of what it takes to be an educator and what such a prestigious position entails. 

Story by Gilbert Bao from Agoura High School

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