Dear Editor:I have been watching with mixed emotions the latest headline breakup. No, not the Brad Pitt/Aniston separation, a higher profile split. It appears that the popular ship, the Unsinkable S.S. Montessori has hit an iceberg called CSAP and that has caused it to split into two philosophically different ideologies – the original planned blend-in-with-traditional section and the ultra-conservative pure Montessori section. The public saga is excruciatingly painful to watch: families desperately hanging onto different pieces of their Montessori ship – all generating even more seminars and group huddles than normal. It will be interesting to see the fate of all of this. Will the ship be pieced together and will it float in the even more periled waters of state charter? In all of the hullabaloo over Carbondale’s Montessori problems, I think some may have been mistakenly led to believe that the other half of the school is not an organized and worthwhile program. We are a tad quiet bunch, however, popularity and publicity do not always translate into excellence. My first-grader is in a great program with an exceptional staff in Carbondale’s Crystal River Elementary School. It truly is nice to see a school working so smoothly. A supportive staff, great parents and children with the joy of learning in their eyes. The joy of teaching is clearly present on the teachers’ faces and it is obviously transcending to the children. The supportive parents’ sole focus is on the students and not on the program philosophy or politics. I know that I am one of the lucky moms who can pick up where school leaves off and whose school does the work I cannot. The staff will meet the challenges within the education system; not a perfect system, but one which gives a great gift to us all. My teachers this year have shown me amazing feats, regardless of any outside distractions. I am watching as my child is being shaped into a well-balanced, well-rounded individual in the competent, capable and caring hands of Patty Thayn and her fellow teaching staff. I feel privileged to be a part of CRES.Diane YoshimuraCarbondale
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