Steve Stroud, Chairman of NAI Carolantic Realty, gave the following ‘perspective’ at the 26th Annual Triangle Commercial Real Estate Conference held on January 12th at the RBC Center in Raleigh, NC. This is the Part III and the final portion of his remarks.
“There are many who will try to convince us that ‘taking our country back’ means taking it backwards. And nothing is further from the truth. Yes, we want a return to our founding principles, to personal responsibility, statesmanship, and fair taxation. But, believe me, the solutions to the mess we are in now, require that we look to the future. Specifically, to take a hard look at our schools and universities and work for fundamental changes in the ways we are teaching our children – especially when it comes to teaching the history of this great country.
Unfortunately, many of us will not be around to solve the problems we’ve created. I believe that at this point the best legacy we can leave behind . . . something we can accomplish . . . is to get our education system back on the right track.
For example, at the high school and elementary level, you have the efforts of Bob Luddy, founder and president of CaptiveAire Systems. Bob has a passion for education, and he’s put his enthusiasm, time and money into creating Franklin Academy, Saint Thomas More Academy, and, in 2007, Bob opened Thales Academy in Raleigh, the first in a network of private community schools offering a high-quality grammar school education at low-cost tuition. Franklin Academy and St. Thomas More are both nationally ranked near the top of all secondary schools.
We have charter schools like Raleigh Charter High School. It was founded by a Board of Directors made up of business professionals, experienced educators, and college professors. It is a community school, with a diverse student population and parents dedicated to seeing that their children succeed in a disciplined atmosphere that promotes real learning.
There are many new perspectives emerging on the education scene. Students and parents have new opportunities, and we need to provide them with even more. We, as business and community leaders, have a responsibility to get involved. We need to work with our public school system to help them make changes to better prepare our children to compete and succeed in the next century.
If we are going to get our country back, the best place to start is getting our schools back. And by that I mean getting control away from those who object to the Pledge of Allegiance, and those who don’t believe it’s important that our children learn about the real heroes of American history. We need the next generations, to appreciate the sacrifices that have made possible all of the freedoms we too often take for granted.
I’ll close with this quote: “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” Thomas Jefferson
We have been silent long enough.”