WCASD Mission: Now & Then
The mission of the WCASD is to educate and inspire our students to achieve their personal best.
Let's take a look at the WCASD mission back in 1998: To ensure that students achieve their personal best, the West Chester Area School District, a diverse community rich in heritage and resources, will educate each student to think critically, communicate effectively, and work cooperatively in order to become a life-long learner and responsible citizen in a changing society by inspiring them through a challenging curriculum, innovative teaching strategies, the latest technology, and involved parents and community.
What has changed in the past 25 years? Quite a few things! WCASD has edited their mission statement down to 10 words when previously a whole paragraph was necessary to communicate their mission.
Parents used to be valued as involved partners in their child's education.
Critical thinking is no longer a tenet of the mission.
Communication and cooperation have been nixxed.
Becoming a life-long learner and responsible citizen have been vetoed.
A challenging curriculum, innovative teaching, and the latest technology didn't make the cut either.
Is this change in the mission merely semantics or does this signal a fundamental change in our district? Has our district moved away from academics and accountability in favor of teaching political ideologies instead? Is it any wonder that parents, students, and taxpayers are unhappy with our district?