Re: Don’t reverse reform’s progress (Letters, 3-3).
I want to thank the writer for a very passionate, well-written letter.
Allow me to offer another point of view. School is primarily about education. Exposing children to all kinds of people teaches them how to live in a society, but does it facilitate their learning of history and calculus?
We need to let all students reach their academic potential while they also learn to respect and value everyone’s uniqueness. To expand on the writer’s opening statement, I believe all students, including capable, willing students, have the right “to exercise and enjoy, as they are able, their right to a free public education.” Those who learn quickly must also be accommodated.
It appears that reform isn’t what is needed, but rather a redesign that allows all students to progress according to their abilities.
I don’t have the answers, but I’m sure reasonable people could find a solution. Technology would play a major role. Perhaps we create learning communities in which students move in and out of disciplines based on their ability and interest rather than their age. While a student may excel in one discipline, he may struggle in another. This student would be exposed to a variety of fellow learners, while still achieving at his potential.
I’m sure others have ideas. Let’s hear them. It’s time to move our educational system into the 21st century.