If it ain’t broke …
December 12, 2010
I’m writing this letter to express my concern with your apparent desire to move our school district to an alternative calendar. I attended the first session you hosted on Nov. 16 and was appalled at your clearly biased presentation. While you repeatedly stated that “no decisions have been made” and “this is a community conversation,” it was very apparent that you have an agenda to make year-round schooling a reality in the Aspen School District.
Let’s take a look at one of the most often stated reasons why we would consider adopting a “balanced calendar” – improved academic performance. According to an announcement that John Maloy made on Dec. 7, 2010:
Only 14 school districts and BOCES (there are 184 districts and BOCES in Colorado) received the highest ranking attributed to districts by the Colorado Department of Education – “Accredited with Distinction.” The Aspen School District has been identified as one of the state of Colorado’s 14 districts “Accredited with Distinction.”
This clearly shows that we’re performing extremely well already, so to coin a phrase, it ain’t broke. If there is no evidence of a real problem, and fixing the “problem” would not effectively improve our school system, then let’s not waste time and energy (yours, mine or anybody else’s) trying to fix it. One of the quickest ways to break something is to fix it when it isn’t broken.
In subsequent letters I will address other areas that this proposed change will impact, including: quality of life, financial burden to both families and the district, and the gnawing sense that someone has a hidden agenda they aren’t being honest about.
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