I’m never satisfied that we’re where we
need to be, because of the concept that “all means all.” I know that we have not done
everything we need to for every single child. While we’re in an environment where public
education is under attack, I don’t see myself as a champion for urban schools, I
see myself as a champion for children. I just happened to be in Fort Wayne Community Schools. And I think education ought to be around the fact that no matter where students start, the
educational organization should be as concerned about them in terms of their
emotional and social growth as their academic growth. So, I think that you have a better
chance of being successful if everyone working in the district sees themselves as a team and
knows the structures and processes to use to get anything done It’s not Dr. Robinson, it’s not the board, it’s not the teachers, it’s a combination of the three
who have come together to put the child first. There are more them than there are of you, and so if you don’t have structures, if you don’t have routines, you have chaos.
On behalf of Fort Wayne Schools, we’re just happy that you showed the rest of the state that when they want to know how to get something done, they need to look at Fort Wayne first. We talk about every thing we do in public. I don’t think there’s a better superintendent I could ever have worked for. I think a sad statement is: what will we look like after Dr. Robinson?