Carbondale dale needs Montessori option |

Carbondale dale needs Montessori option

Dear Editor:

Fear is often a reason for resistance to change. Let it not be the reason for non-support toward Ross Montessori’s desire for a permanent facility in Carbondale.

The decision to enroll our son at Ross was based not on the ethnic or socio-economic blend of students at the school, but on the teaching processes that best matched his learning style and still continue to do so. It’s a privilege to live in a town with educational choices, and good ones at that. It’s a privilege for my son to have friends and play sports with kids from all of the schools.

Each year the mix of families attending Ross Montessori more closely matches the ethnic and socio-economic mix of other public schools in the area, thereby changing the perception that it is a choice based on income and race. There are plenty of working families, including us. Accepting each others’ differences and personal choices does more for teaching tolerance than trying to make us all the same. Carbondale is an eclectic town with a variety of genres that all seem to get along. Our schools can do the same.

The students and families of Carbondale and the surrounding area deserve to have Ross Montessori as an educational option. There will come a time when our son will join another school system. I wish for him be judged on his character rather than where he previously attended school.

Martha M. Rose


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