from Initial Community Meetings
The Core Team was able to gather valuable input from community members
during the initial meetings. Participants responded to four questions
aimed at responses on how society, and the Decatur Township in particular,
have changed over the past 30 years (for better or for worse), as
well as how our community should change over the next decade. The
questions went on to ask what skills and personal qualities students
must acquire to succeed in the event of both actual and desired
future changes, and how Decatur Township schools are doing now in
providing those important skills and qualities.
input from the first round of meetings is shown in the survey in
the three boxes below (coming soon...).
After some discussion, participants concluded that during the past
three decades the workplace has changed by having more service jobs
that require more teamwork and more use of technology, and that
there are longer commutes, greater workload, more job stress, and
less job security, among others. They also concluded that the family
has changed by having more single-parent households, two-working-parent
homes, more latchkey children, and less family time, and that more
parents want to be friends instead of parents to their children.
The community members participating in the first round of meetings
also concluded that families are further strained by increasing
violence and other crimes such as drug use, less social/community
interaction and more exposure to negative influences via the media.
The participants revealed that they hope, in the next 10 years,
that the workplace will be more family friendly, offering more flexible
hours, more on-site daycare, and more opportunities to work at home,
among others. Other desired vocational changes include more teaming
and mentoring, better job security, and more employer support for
Participants also hoped that the family would change by having more
family time, communication, and unity, better parenting skills,
more collaboration with the schools, and fewer divorces and latchkey
children. And they hoped the community would have more interaction
among neighbors, more family values, and less crime and violence.
All of these findings provided important insights for participants
to identify skills and personal qualities that our children will
need to be successful, contributing members of our community. Skills
identified include problem solving, time management, teaming, conflict-resolution,
communication, and computer skills. Personal qualities include integrity;
work ethic; responsibility; creativity; desire to balance family,
faith, and work; respect for differences in others; passion for
something positive; desire to learn; and service orientation.
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