In many ways, change starts from the ground up. Governor Doug Burgum is taking that to heart in experiencing North Dakota’s K-12 school system. Shelby Rose was there and has the story.
Beulah High School got a bit of a surprise this morning. Governor Doug Burgum is here to shadow a student for an entire day.
“The idea is to put yourselves right in the shoes of students today in North Dakota and experience high school the way they’re experiencing it,” said Governor Burgum.
High school Junior Phoebe Garman was the lucky student showing the governor the ropes. She had no idea about the surprise guest until 20 minutes before class started.
She said, “It’s kind of crazy, but I think it’s really good because he gets to see it first-hand of what we experience every day.”
Governor Burgum says he chose Beulah because it’s a great representation of schools around the state, not too big and not too small. He went to classes like U.S. History and Pre-calculus, even getting a refresher on polynomials.
Governor Burgum added, “It’s such an opportunity for us to support all the great educators we have in our state. They’re doing innovative, new things. And to also get a chance to try to think about how in a world that’s changing so rapidly, how can we reinvent the way we deliever education better than we ever have before.”
Beulah Public Schools considered it a huge honor for the governor to visit – even on such a short notice.
“I just hope that he sees the great things happening in North Dakota schools. You know, we’re not by far ahead of anybody, but it’s good that a governor can come and spend the say with a student and see the great things that are happening in our public schools,” said Beulah superintendent Travis Jordan.
The visit is all a part of the governor’s innovative education initiative to bring these new ideas into North Dakota schools.
Looking at those shots of Governor Burgum in class, you can’t help but have some serious Billy Madison flashbacks.