For the inaugural issue of Weld, we asked dozens of people from throughout the community — young and not-so-young; male and female; black, white, Hispanic and Asian; Christian, Muslim, Jewish and agnostic; students, professionals, artists and more — to each give us one idea for making Birmingham better. This is one of those ideas. You can read more here.
Mia Watkins • Weld contributor and candidate for a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University
What Birmingham needs more than anything is a collective understanding of the importance of educating the city’s youth.
Everyone — including students, teachers, members of the Birmingham Board of Education and every other person in the city — should do what they can to ensure that students have equal access to all tools needed for a quality education. We all know that these tough financial times have not been kind to area school systems and that tough times mean sacrifice. However, if we all come together as a city, we could make up for what we lack in funds with a true desire for students to succeed. Desire combined with a real plan to get something done could make all the difference in the world. This also means supporting other educational outlets in the community. As a former employee of the Birmingham Public Library, I know that learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom. Proper education also includes access to libraries and the materials they have to offer. We really need to band together to make sure that these resources never disappear.
Read more Big Ideas to Make Birmingham Better here.