Existing research has found most media stories about young people are negative. You don’t have to wait long to come across stories involving young people involved in crime, violence, and social exclusion. The media often reports stories in a sensational way that does not always represent reality. Do kids always make the right decisions? Of course they don’t. Our hope is that they learn from those failures and challenges, and are resilient in their efforts to reach their goals. I don’t know about you, but some of my greatest lessons have been learned from my failures, not my successes.
Instead of turning on the TV to hear about the small percentage of adolescents that have made bad decisions, one of the things I plan to do this year is share with our community the many good things that our FISD students are doing at school every day. I am going to start with the hottest FISD social media post this week – Tiger football players greet very surprised and excited Floresville South Elementary students. It has had over 520 likes on Facebook and with good reason. Who would have thunk it? Teenage boys wake up early and take time out of their busy day to greet elementary children with a smile as they arrive at school – now that is newsworthy. This is just one of the many examples you will hear and see more about this school year, how FISD kids are caring, kind and respectful.
As a public educator and superintendent of FISD, I am proud of our students, I am encouraged by their incredible achievements and thoughtfulness and I am optimistic about the future where our students will be the leaders. FISD has great kids.