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TACOMA: Appalling experiment at Jason Lee

Letter by George J. Hollis, Tacoma on March 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm | 7 Comments »
March 7, 2011 2:04 pm

Re: “Jason Lee tries separating 6th-graders to boost achievement” (TNT, 3-6).

I’m appalled as a parent that the Tacoma Public Schools is experimenting with the taxpayers’ dollars. Calling on Dr. Leonard Sax, at the tune of $6,250, is playing with the budget like I play Monopoly with first-graders. I know who’s going to win the game before it even begins.

Sax isn’t the answer. Same-sex classes aren’t either.

First, the solution can easily be addressed by conducting more forums with parents. However, the district is being lazy and taking alternative courses of action that will bring it back to the the same spot it started at.

Second, bringing in experts and authors to talk about an urban concern doesn’t address the concern that is in the community itself. I am not going to listen to some white-collared spin doctor when the school itself isn’t talking to me. All parents of Jason Lee Middle School should be informed about this matter before it is addressed by outside entities.

Lastly, I believe that it is a disadvantage and disservice to separate students along gender lines and then expect that as a society they have to work together in the future. The “let’s try anything” attitude is costly and pointless. The reason for taking this course of action doesn’t warrant or justify the action or solves the problem.

This train (educational reform) is running backwards again, and I don’t think the caboose knows that the conductor isn’t at the helm anymore.

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