Monday, February 24, 2014
There can be few more important tasks for any community than educating its children.
There are the cold, hard economic reasons why children need the knowledge and skills to succeed in the world of business and work. In our global world, if they have these, the whole community benefits.
There are also the more intangible, but equally important, needs to create well-adjusted, confident, responsible individuals who can take their place in the society. Again, the whole community benefits.
So when serious and persistent concerns are raised about the standard of education in Norfolk, it must be of vital concern to all of us.
The concerns are not new, but they very real, and they have been growing for some time. That is why the EDP is today launching a week-long series assessing where education in the county stands today, why it matters, what is being done, and what we can learn from elsewhere.
We also want to celebrate the very real bright spots. Every school has committed and hard-working staff who give everything for their pupils, every day. There are many successes, and they have a vital role to play in improving education across Norfolk.
Last year, education in Norfolk took a tough battering, but it was a shock to the system which helped spark a new urgency to efforts to make sure all Norfolk children receive the education they deserve.
An unflinching assessment of where education in Norfolk stands is a vital if we are to improve. So is a warm celebration of success and achievement.
In the coming days, and over the months and years to come, we will continue to provide both.