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TACOMA: Sacrificing children isn’t the answer

Letter by Janette Diane Pittman, Tacoma on Jan. 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm with 7 Comments »
January 27, 2011 2:09 pm

Re: Proposed closure of Foss High School.

My concern and what should be the concern of this entire city is that 1,000-plus high school students would be spread out into the surrounding schools. Unfortunately, kids can be extremely cruel at this age and many will be alienated at other schools as they make this difficult transition.

We are moving some kids when all they have is the relationships/activities they have built at Foss. If this is the only stability in their young adult lives, taking them out of this environment is going to have adverse effects across the city.

This is not an elementary where kids can adapt easier to change and their surroundings. This is a high school where kids’ adult minds are forming and desperately need stability, structure and discipline in order to be successful in higher learning and most importantly to be a productive, successful adult.

This decision is based solely off of money and not the welfare of our children. Budget cuts are always going to be on the table but to sacrifice our children is not the answer.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. dankuykendall says:

    Military dependents do it all the time and have shown that it can be overcome. I have no sympathy for them and think that it may very well be a good experience for them. Change is not always bad and just because it has always been that way holds no water either.

  2. harleyrider1 says:

    “Sacrifice” children? If they cannot make a change to a new school, how in the world will they ever make it at the next school – college? They can’t stay here forever. It will be disruptive. And really, if they are young adults with young forming adult minds, this is what it is like in the real world. Adults make difficult choices often influenced by what they can and cannot afford.

    Its called Reality.

  3. commoncents says:

    These are not young adults…these are 15, 16, and 17 year old kids. Are they learning to become adults? Sure -but they are not there yet. I don’t believe that it will be as disruptive as they think (most of the friends that they have likely will be moving to the same school) but it will be difficult enough to do that it should be closed only as a last resort. They say that closing it will save the district 2 million dollars….but how much will the district save with some of the other options on the table. The difference between those options and the 2 million is the true cost of this move. I doubt the gap is as large as the district would have us believe.

  4. Welcome to the real world. If you think American kids have it tough, try visiting some other countries.

  5. BigSwingingRichard says:

    Sacrificing Children?

    I was not aware that closing a half empty high school would involve human sacrifice.

    Sacrificing children is probably an extreme reaction and it would only exasperate the low enrollment problem. On the other hand, it might improve the grades and motivation of the surviving students.

    But I must agree with Ms. Pittman, sacrificing students is not the best solution.

    Personally, I’d like to suggest to the school board that the affected students just be relocated to other schools.

    Human sacrifice should only be used on the truly deserving.

  6. ah yes frosty……we might not be number one or even in the top ten but you can still be happy that we aren’t as bad as some other countries! What a great example of American pride in our can-do spirit!

  7. I have come to the conclusion that the TNT headline editor is a bit of a smartass.

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