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(This letter was originally addressed to Aspen Elementary School Principal Barb Pitchford.)

Aucontraire Principal Barb Pitchford! In a recent Times article on the results of the state-mandated CSAP scores, you made the statement, “It proves that [high scoring] is not a function of a certain population, it’s a function of excellent instruction.”

I realize you were praising your faculty and they deserve everyone’s praise, as do all teachers. However, by inference you were disrespecting the teachers and programs and principals where the CSAP scores were not as high.

Surely you have had experience or have read the professional literature on the difficulties and challenges teachers in systems where the children’s background, family life, cultural heritage, resources, etc., are nowhere near the situation you have to work with in Aspen.

The sheer numbers of “a certain population” that exist in many other schools in the valley and parts of the state require and have equally talented and dedicated teachers to achieve what they do. Their task is much more difficult regardless of the “interventions” they may use.

Trade places for a year and then reflect on your statement.

So please, respect other teachers, too. In the future, don’t build yourself, your district, your faculty up by putting others down, even if it’s only by inference. Recognize you have a privileged situation

Incidentally, what does “certain population” mean anyway?

Bill Lamont

Advocates of Carbondale

Education


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