So, I ran across a NC public school ranking article and saw that Warren County Schools was ranked 100. Although I felt some type of way, I admit and accept the challenges faced by rural, economically disadvantaged school systems. However, the condition and resources of your school cannot negate or keep one from their positive and productive destiny, unless one lets it.
I am a proud product of South Warren Elementary, Warren County Middle School, and Warren County High School! In fact, these schools and teachers built me up when I was torn down as a young black male youth in a higher ranking district. I was encouraged to be smart and rise above myths, statistics, and circumstance to pursue greatness!
Further, as an educator, I also got my start teaching at my Alma mater, Warren County High. The same challenges existed in Warren County when I was a teacher, but there was also great progress and innovation. Quality teaching is happening!
I tell you these lessons from it all: You can be your best no matter where you are from or live and still achieve! Use your opportunities wisely. Further, don't let others' opinions frame who you become and your world! Accept the truth and the challenge, but use it to build and motivate you! You can't please everybody and numbers don't always paint a full picture!
Warren County, stand up! (Oh, and parents, RAISE YOUR CHILDREN and don't leave it up to our schools alone.)