Arlington’s schools are among the best in the country, but we still have more to do. We face the challenges of a growing student population, tight budgets, and a 21st-century economy that demands graduates who are not only proficient in technical areas, but also creative and capable of thinking critically. We need to have a broader conversation about how we can meet the needs of every child. I'm excited about the opportunity to work with, and serve, our kids and community.
Here are my priorities for addressing the challenges:
- Promote critical thinking over standardized testing so students spend more time learning and have more opportunities to
develop technical, analytical, and creative skills in the classroom.
- Tackle overcrowding with strong leadership and constructive community engagement that emphasizes long-term planning,
careful data analysis, and transparent decision-making and preserves the special character and variety of our schools.
- Give teachers the respect and support they deserve by providing sufficient resources and encouraging two-way communication.
- Support children with mentors so every student has an adult at school who knows them and is there to help.
- Continue investing in the arts and strengthen STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs
with more hands-on learning in all grades.
- Be budget-minded by prioritizing funding for teachers and classroom learning.
For details and more about my positions on the issues, click here.
-- Emma Youcha, Yorktown high school student