With graduation within view for Pike County High School’s 229 seniors, administrators recently received good news about graduation rates from the Georgia Department of Education. Pike County schools rank 15th out of 183 school districts in Georgia with a graduation rate of 85.7, well over the state average of 67.4%.
The Pike County Schools have always been very good; and I agree with most of the article. The one group that Michael Duncan left out was the parents. Teachers don't make kids go to school, or finish school. Pike County is good because of its citizenry. The schools are successful because the parents, for the most part, are actively involved in their kids' success. Teachers make up a small part of that equation (teachers are very important as they share knowledge that is specific to their area of expertise; I'm not saying they're not important - but they don't get the kids to stay in school or change their opinions on the value of education, that happens at home) - I would argue that it's 70% parents, 29% teachers and 1% administrators (and I'm being very generous with that 1%)...
So, thank you all you Pike County parents who see your children, and your neighbor's children, as our only hope for a better future.
Academic success is definitely a team effort with parental involvement being crucial. The administrators and teachers must be doing something right to have fostered such a high ranking. Good job everyone!
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