My name is Stacey Brown. I was born and raised in the New York Tri-state area. I went to engineering school in western New York, then because Silicon Valley is the “If I can make it there I’ll make it anywhere” place for engineers, relocated to the Golden State. I worked for a legendary Silicon Valley software company, then started my own consulting firm. I got married and had two beautiful boys. I was living the American Dream, California style. I made it.
By the time my oldest son entered Kindergarten at the neighborhood school just down the block, California public education was in a deep decline from its golden era. It seemed like every week a new flyer came home for a new fundraising activity. On Fridays they literally held bake sales to raise money. So I got involved and eventually ran for the school board. I’m now halfway through my first term and have realized that what is really needed in public education is a revolution.
Relax, I’m not an anarchist. I mean revolution as a sudden, complete or marked change in something, not an overthrow of the government and nothing violent. I think that the only thing that can reverse the decline in public education in this country is a revolution. Our kids, our economy, our society can’t wait any longer.
So that’s what this site is all about, the revolution to transform public education. I think that we have come to be aware of the need for change, now it’s all about getting the engagement and critical mass to make the change. I believe you do that through conversation. Here are what I think the ground rules of the conversation are:
- Listening is a must. If you are talking, you’re not listening.
- No name calling. Respect each other’s points of view. You don’t have to agree, but be respectful.
- No right or wrong. Just points of view and ideas, there’s no need to get entrenched in a position, be open to collaboration.
- No blaming. It’s a waste of time.
- Find common ground.
One last disclaimer, since I am an elected school board trustee I want to make clear that ANY OPINION EXPRESSED HERE IS PURELY PERSONAL AND DOES NOT REFLECT OFFICIAL POSITIONS OR POLICIES OF THE CAMBRIAN SCHOOL DISTRICT, THE CAMBRIAN SCHOOL DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD, NOR THE OPINION OF ANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE BOARD.
I invite you to come join the conversation…