A dominant theme here as well as elsewhere in the poll is the lack of equity in schools serving different populations. There aren’t a lot of complaints about the quality of education overall but not a sense that education is a distinctive strength, despite the abundance of colleges and universities located here.
Education shows up as a key part of the equation of what makes a thriving community:
We should be known as a place offering high quality and diverse educational opportunities to exceptionally well support our citizens and people who choose to come here for education. We should be known as an astonishingly hospitable and caring place and a place where quality, well-paying socially responsible companies want to be.
A progressive city with high quality educational system that has safe, economically and culturally vibrant neighborhood communities for all its citizens regardless of race and religions.
I also think our public schools should be a top priority. If you don't have a good school system it's hard to attract people to move to Greensboro. I want Greensboro to support local businesses. It's so much more exciting to live in a place with strong small businesses and interesting cultural arts.
As a university educator/philosopher of education (former K-12 educator in Guilford County), I advocate revisioning our educational priorities by focusing on a decidedly humanistic curriculum, with a deliberate moving away from the rote testing/assessment/technicization agenda that has been in place for so long. The city's educational system should refocus its sights on pedagogical practices that prioritize democratic principles, progressive values, citizenship, culture, and the arts. A humanistic and philosophical approach will produce much more thoughtful, capable, and compassionate citizens who will be better prepared to move Greensboro forward in the areas of social, political, economic, and environmental justice.
Best public schools in the southeast; 20-50% increase in median income; everyone earning living wage; everyone graduating from high school; commitment to children prenatal to three with 5-year-olds entering kindergarten ready to succeed and reading in grade level no later than third grade; reputation as city where entrepreneurs are successful; location of thriving airport; part of a successful region.
Excellent public schools with an authentic emphasis on values, integrity, justice and equality. This will include a continued quality technical and junior college as well as pre-k. Continued high quality for children with special needs, such as Gateway.
There are some complaints about the quality of education:
Education also needs to be improved, compared to other states, our education is very
But the bigger issue is equity:
I want to see fully funded education with particular attention paid to the Black and Brown schools that have been chronically underfunded and are in much poorer condition than the white majority schools.
My greatest hope is to see a more equal education being provided for all Greensboro students. Right now the disparity between mostly white and mostly black schools is great and I would like to see that gap close. All schools need to be in good repair. All students need access to materials and extracurriculars. I would also like to see a less militarized police force and more finding going towards education and community programs.
Equity - a city that values all and invests in all, from adequately funding and supporting public schools (both in property maintenance and personnel) and makes decisions with the most marginalized in mind.
A diverse and fully supported (equitable) community. Significantly better public schools. Less disparity between private and public schools.
With the growing Latino population, there is a desire to see better representation in educational services:
Better representation of culture, there are a lot of hispanics and latinx people in Greensboro
and in the surrounding areas but our schools and communities don't reflect enough. Like I have
never seen a Hispanic heritage month representation.
"For the future of Greensboro id like to just see more support towards Hispanic community with
having bilingual or just on house translator. With my parents, and other adults i feel like it would
be very helpful and stress relieving for them. In school offices, doctor offices, and in government
buildings are other examples of places were not all the time they have translators. I can tell its
very difficult for those who dont speak english and it creates stress and confusion.
There is a need to link education with job opportunity:
I always say that greensboro is a good place to raise a family but we do not take very good care of our young people. As soon as they graduate from one of our many colleges, they leave town ASAP. Even I did! I think it is slowly improving but we have been stuck in the dark ages for a long time.
Greensboro should use it's own artists for public art projects and not "import" them from someplace else. Greensboro should use the expertise of NC A&T and UNCG, Guilford College, Greensboro College, Elon Law School, Bennett College, GTCC to create a forward-looking plan that incorporates all the elements I previously listed. We need to use local talent. Develop local jobs that will stay here and grow.
I want a community that is growing and expanding commercially, educationally, demographically, globally, and technologically. Attract tech businesses to the area. Engage with high school and college students about options. High school teachers and counselors and are woefully unprepared to discuss options with students.
Education is an opportunity to elevate Greensboro:
"Something I want to see from Greensboro is to create interesting communities for the different
young adults that live in the area. There is so much potential from the many students I have met. There aren't many resources provided, so most have to be on their own."
"I really just hope Greensboro can grow higher than it has ever been. Schools need to do more
about teaching students and encouraging them. The environment has grown a lot for sure. The city and community is full of very unique people with a drive to grow or fail. But most people really support as much as they can."
Cohesive community based on mutual respect among members. Focused on education, opportunity and community pride. A strong plan with benchmarks to see steps in the right direction. The ability to look back and be able to see improvement and forums that highlight the forward movement to serve as a reminder and a motivator to continue forward.