Thank you for printing the recent article and letters about the events in our local schools. They have sparked many conversations and concerns.
If I could summarize the comments many people have shared they would fall heavily in the following areas of concern: the future loss of student population countywide, the continual loss of parent involvement in education due to various economic reasons, and the apparent outpouring of student involvement to alternate teaching options.
These concerns lead to my suggestions to the school board. Rather than single out one school for denial, as was recently reported in response to the Waldorf school charter application, why not enroll such educational resources into the district and invite parents to participate in the public education available here? This has been done successfully in other districts.
Next I would like the board, which is now facing difficult budget choices, to survey students and parents with questions regarding their top education priorities. Some of the people who have told me why they chose to leave the public education system said that their concerns for their own students' individual needs outweighed their belief in the public school system.
Maybe the "wake-up call" here is that the public schools, even with all the outside state controls, need to continuously seek partnership with parents in educating their students. During the many years I have lived in this county I have seen excellent examples of partnership and support to parents. Now with increased stressors, I hope the school board will do more to seek new partnerships with parents, small alternative schools, and all of the unique students in our community.
P.S. Apparently we here are not the only educators looking at these same issues. Please read a good article in the January 2014 Readers Digest pg. 112 called "School is a Prison."blog comments powered by Disqus