Public schools, I think, are still the most important institution to keep this country strong, and we do the very best we can to personalize each child’s learning experience. But every single person can’t have it his or her way all the time. You have some people who want nine-month schools, for example, and some 12-month schools. There are constant decisions that have to be made, and some people end up not getting what they want. That can be frustrating to individuals who in many endeavors can have their way. But we have to look for the common good. Public schools will always be a compromise. You have to come up with the best way to meet the needs of children to the extent that you can. That’s challenging.

From a Q&A with Dr. Rebecca Garland ‘81 MED, the chief academic officer of the N.C. Department of Public Instruction | Full Q&A

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