Aspen kids have broad horizons
Dear Editor:In response to Brett Mufson’s column, “Introduce kids to reality early,” on Sunday, April 30, we enthusiastically agree that our high school students need exposure to the reality of life outside of Aspen.Through classes such as world geography, modern world issues, world history, world literature, International Baccalaureate classes, and Model U.N., our students are exposed to a great many cultures and contemporary issues including cultural diversity, war, comparative religion, immigration and globalization. Film, music, literature, current events, firsthand experience of our students from other countries and guest speakers are all incorporated into the classroom in an attempt to expand our students’ horizons.In addition, AHS has formed a close association with the Aspen Writers’ Foundation and Aspen Filmfest. Through these organizations our students have been fortunate to participate in screenings, readings and lecture/discussions with a wide variety of authors and filmmakers. In fact, Berit Campion of Aspen Filmfest noted that Filmfest brought 18 filmmakers from across the country and around the world to 48 different classrooms in eight area schools just this last month.How fortunate we have been at AHS to have authors such as Eric Schlosser of “Fast Food Nation” and Frank McCourt of “Angela’s Ashes” share their visions with us! And Filmfest has brought us films from around the world; just last year Zana Briski brought her Academy Award-winning documentary “Born Into Brothels,” and this year the film Brett mentions, “Be Quiet,” was available for all high school students along with a fascinating discussion with Sameh Zoabi. Ironically, we feel Aspen’s position in the cultural scene has brought many experiences to our small school that students in larger cities may never experience! The impression that is made on a small group of students allowed to interact personally with an artist is long-lasting.Brett, we wish you continued success with your education and invite you to visit us at the high school and see for yourself all that we do to “educate our local teens about the realities of the world.”Nancy Fehrmann and Kirk GregoryAspen High School
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