Jan 16, 2017
Minority New Head Of Allentown School District
The other day I received the following comment on an older post. So where is your story on the first black superintendent of the Allentown School District??? I noticed you and Bernie conveniently neglected to bring that up??? Well, first off, Bernie and I write two blogs completely independent of each other. When we cover the same story it is only by coincidence. I tend to publish only one post per day, putting me behind the news cycle. However, this topic wss indeed on my short list. The Allentown School Board members were very pleased with themselves about the three finalists being minorities. Articles mentioning Mr. Parker's selection, featured the fact he was the first minority superintendent in a system where minorities are now the majority.
I don't know what is involved in improving the district, but I'm fairly certain it is not the color of the superintendent's skin. I do not believe that the role model concept applies here. I do not believe that students at Raub Middle School either know or care that their superintendent is African-American. One need only look at the large urban school districts to know that having minority school administrations isn't enough to make a difference.
Role models must be much closer to home, if not in the home itself. I wish Mr. Parker and the district well. If there are improvements it will result from his insights, not his complexion.