Dear School Community,

This month has been designated National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15- October 15). Along with many New Brunswick residents, I’m very proud of my own Hispanic background, my relatives, friends and community leaders. It’s important to recognize their histories, cultures and contributions to the global community. 

On another note, the world may be confusing for our students. We need to learn from the harshness that surrounds us, then take responsibility for teaching young people to carry on and build a better world.  

The 2016 presidential election campaign has been a lengthy, prolonged process, with all manner of vulgarity, name-calling, accusations, and overriding hostility. We’ve been subjected to this unpleasantness day after day after day, whether via television, the internet, social media, the radio, or the newspaper. If the election isn’t the main focus of a day’s news reports, then it’s likely that some incident of horrific violence is. There are domestic and international terrorists, deranged gunmen and bombers, and conflicts about police incidents. All of this is occurring across our country and shaping the mindset of our children.

This world of ours whether on the far side of the planet or right around the corner can be an unsettling place or great place. But instead of complaints, despair or cheers, we need to work hard and make it better for our students.  In order for our students to be able to build a better world, it's our responsibility to use these positive or negative occurrences to teach our students to think critically, communicate effectively, respect the viewpoints of others, defend justice and collaborate globally. 

 

Dr. Aubrey A. Johnson

Superintendent of Schools