I heard the following program while driving to school this morning. You may wonder what a “guess-the-cow’s-weight” story could possibly have to do with the stock market—much less school board governance, but I actually see a pretty strong connection. Take a listen:

So why is this seemingly odd phenomenon so important to Romoland School District? Well, community engagement is more than just a feel-good idea. This clip is a great illustration of why community engagement matters so much. In fact, The Wisdom of Crowds would argue that:

Large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant–better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.

Simply put, six parents attending an LCAP meeting isn’t as good for Romoland as 60 parents attending (which isn’t as good as 600, and so on). The more our community gets involved, the stronger we become as a school district.

So what are we doing to stay engaged with our community’s schools? Are we trying to do it alone, or are we making the effort to bring others into the herd? That’s the challenge I place on myself, and it’s the same challenge I issue to anyone reading this post as well.


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