Just okay, is not okay
“We’ve got a saying here. If the brakes don’t stop it, something will,” said the mechanic to the potential customer in one of AT&T’s recent commercials.
The campaign of “Just okay, is not okay” is initially humorous, but upon reflection, is a sad statement about some segments of our workforce. This commercial connects with many Americans because we all have experienced something similar. Especially outside the Midwest, customer service and people skills are perceived to be diminishing. The impression that just okay is considered to be okay is a disturbing trend.
In an effort to guard against complacency and mediocrity, as well as to encourage innovation and change, USD 113 has embarked on a campaign to share information and listen to our communities. This past week, our district conducted Community Conversations. These conversations are intended to engage patrons, provide information and to listen to concerns and perceptions from the 113 community.
As educators, we know that what has been done in the past, even though everyone understands past practices, is not necessarily preparing our kids for their future. We also know that the standard established by past educators in our schools was set high. This desire to continue to excel and to improve is the driving force behind our efforts to engage the public in these conversations.
A “just okay” brake mechanic is disturbing, and so is the thought of a “just okay” education for our children. Without being intentional about communicating expectations, and being vigilant about protecting the quality of our district’s education, we can easily slip into mediocrity.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to attend Community Conversations hosted by USD 113, residents are always welcome to provide input for improving our schools. Please feel free to communicate with teachers or administrators. Through our conversations, we will strengthen our ability to prepare our kids for the future.