The View From My Seat – Roshanda Pratt

As the host of ElevatED4SC, I usually get the view from my seat of the guests, crew and camera equipment. I love helping to guide the conversation around transformational and innovative education in South Carolina. I am a wife and mother of three. Our oldest children are students in Richland School District Two and our youngest daughter is beginning her academic career. I am also a former television news producer turned entrepreneur telling stories in the digital space. 

If you are a parent of a child in South Carolina, then you have heard or either experienced a not-so-pleasant view of education in our state. The narrative for a long time has been disheartening. I have wondered – will my children be competitive once they graduate? How has COVID impacted them in a way I do not see? Do their teachers have enough resources? The questions can be overwhelming, especially when there seems to be no answers.  

However, since hosting this podcast, my view about education in South Carolina has become hopeful. What I have learned in the hosting seat is that the “whole child approach” is obtainable, as some school districts are already moving in this direction. This is NOT the same old “woe is us” discussion. In fact, my 14-year-old daughter visited the vodcast and told me afterwards she enjoyed the conversation, that it was informative and necessary. Parents, you know that means a lot coming from a pre-teen.  

Our state’s motto: Dum spiro spero, which translates to, “While I breathe, I hope.” The expression of optimism fits well as it pertains to education transformation. The view from my seat is one of HOPE. While I breathe, I hope of true education that addresses the whole child for life from cradle to career. 

This is my view… What’s your view about education in our state? We want to hear it.

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