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Letter: Aim high, students

There has been much said about the responsibility of teachers, principals, administrators, community, Central Office and legislators in regard to the grades of Rowan County schools. I’m not going to address those things in this letter.

I would like to address the students instead, especially middle school and high school students.

My purpose is not to blame students for low scores, but rather to encourage and challenge them. I would encourage them not to allow others to determine their education and their futures. Students, you don’t have to be victims of the school system.

I grew up in a small rural school (there were 12 in my graduating class). At about the middle school level, it became apparent to me that in order to be prepared to attend college, I would have to start being responsible for my own education, my own future. I would have to find my own resources.

I spent a lot of time at the library, a lot of time reading, and a lot of time doing extra work. I would like to challenge middle and high school students to do the same.

Not every student has access to the same resources. For some students it may mean extra work, maybe a lot of extra work. It will be worth it.

Students, let the school system help you with your education, not control it.

— Roger Hull

China Grove

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