Here’s a lesson on why you should never say to someone, “You didn’t build that.”
When Greenwich received news last summer that scores had improved on both CAPT and the CMT, school board chairman Leslie Moriarty said the following:
“I think it’s a testament to all of the students that they’ve made some progress toward what we thought were aggressive goals,” school board chairman Leslie Moriarty told the Greenwich Time. “The results are different than previous years when we’ve said the results have been stagnant or declining. It is gratifying to see the result of several years’ effort to turn them around.”
The “several years’ effort” refers, in part, to when Steve Anderson was school board chairman. His tenure ended when Moriarty was elected chair in 2011.
“I think at first blush they’re good numbers,” Anderson told the Greenwich Time last summer. “I think the key is that three years ago, two years ago, last year we were saying we have this school improvement plan and it needs time to percolate. … We’re not at our goals yet and we didn’t expect to get to our goals in one fell swoop. I’m still optimistic and realistic that we can get there.”
You see, that’s education. In fact, that’s life. Things don’t happen overnight. They’re not handed to you on a silver platter. Results are part of a process. That process is what makes life worth living. If you work hard, you’ll achieve your goals.
I’ve said all along that Anderson did a fine job when he was board chairman. The same can be said for Moriarty. These are two individuals who get it. They understand that progress takes time.
You see, you can build that.