FALLBROOK – A trio of speakers on the subject of education presented a community and state scenario that was both sobering and encouraging to the Rotary Club of Fallbrook, at their weekly luncheon meeting.
Sheryl Gonda, President of the Fallbrook Education Foundation K-12, presented an overview of education in the community as well as the state. The plans to save our schools she presented were ambitious and encouraging while the report on state education, which included the fact that more money is spent on incarceration than education and California’s horrendously low ranking among the states, was shocking.
Fallbrook Elementary Superintendent Dr. Brian Jacobs spoke on education in the Fallbrook elementary schools. His bottom line was that they are striving for excellence, not the status quo in the local schools.
Katy Tobler, a teacher at Potter Jr. High, showed a video and discussed the Exploratorium program in her school that is “hand’s on” and features 26 career options (called pathways) for students to explore. The program motto is “The future has arrived today.”
Fallbrook Unified High School District Superintendent Dale Mitchell introduced the speakers. Education is one of the Rotary hot-buttons both in the community and worldwide.