Communities nationwide are celebrating American Education Week, November 13-17, 2017. Frederick County is no exception.
Next week, FCPS will join school systems across the nation in observing the 96th annual American Education Week. At its November 8 regular meeting, the Frederick County Board of Education proclaimed American Education Week for Frederick County Public Schools. According to the National Education Association, the theme this year is Public Schools for All.
Throughout the week, FCPS invites the public to honor education as the foundation of a free and democratic society. Schools welcome visitors and remind parents and other guests to announce their arrival and sign in at the main office before visiting classrooms. Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban extends an invitation to elected officials to visit any of the school system’s 66 schools during American Education Week to “see for themselves why FCPS is so successful by talking with our outstanding students and staff.
“This is a time to recognize just how important public education is to our community. Our schools are delivering amazing results for Frederick County every day,” says Dr. Alban. “American Education Week is the perfect time to acknowledge that and to thank the awesome FCPS employees who help make that happen.”
According to the National Education Association’s Web site, “The National Education Association was one of the creators and original sponsors of American Education Week. Distressed that 25 percent of the country's World War I draftees were illiterate and 9 percent were physically unfit, representatives of the NEA and the American Legion met in 1919 to seek ways to generate public support for education. The conventions of both organizations subsequently adopted resolutions of support for a national effort to raise public awareness of the importance of education. In 1921, the NEA Representative Assembly in Des Moines, Iowa, called for designation of one week each year to spotlight education. In its resolution, the NEA called for: ‘An educational week ... observed in all communities annually for the purpose of informing the public of the accomplishments and needs of the public schools and to secure the cooperation and support of the public in meeting those needs.’ The first observance of American Education Week occurred December 4-10, 1921, with the NEA and American Legion as the cosponsors. A year later, the then U.S. Office of Education joined the effort as a cosponsor, and the PTA followed in 1938.”