“A Matter of Trust”

By Barry Brensinger, Manchester Proud Director

Manchester Proud exists to inform and inspire community engagement in the making of exceptional public schools – schools that are a vital source of knowledge, enrichment, and pride for all of Manchester.

Our success in achieving school-community engagement relies upon relationships founded on trust. I can hear the voice of Billy Joel as I write – sometimes it does indeed come down to a “Matter of Trust”. But, in a world broadcasting so much unfounded misinformation and intentionally misleading disinformation, how do we decide who to trust? 

Trust is earned by those who consistently act and speak truthfully and with good intent. They may not always “be right”, but they always strive to “do right”, to advance the greater good. When it comes to matters as critical to Manchester’s future as our public schools, it is essential that our actions be guided by accurate, reliable information. There can be no allowance for misrepresentation. Albert Einstein famously said, “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters”. The people of Manchester expect their leaders to take great care to express and uphold that which is fair and true. 

Manchester Proud works day in and out to earn our community’s trust by grounding our work in facts and speaking truthfully. Our Council and Work Group members all sign-on to our “Champion’s Declaration”, which includes a pledge to perform all duties with:

Integrity – Demonstrating the highest standards of conduct, accountability, trustworthiness, and fairness

Excellence – Striving to meet the highest standards of performance, quality, service, and achievement

Honesty – Communicating directly, respectfully, honestly, and openly

Responsibility – Taking responsibility for one’s actions and decisions and being a careful steward of the mission and values of Manchester Proud

Undoubtedly, these words are easier said than lived, but we can all try a bit harder. And we must instill in our students the critical thinking needed to discern fact from fiction. Let’s work together to distinguish Manchester as a community that thrives in a culture of trust, founded on Integrity, Excellence, Honesty, and Responsibility.