Letter: Cleaning up an editing mistake
Cleaning up an editing mistake
In changing the word “not” to “noted,” The Aspen Times created a typo that seriously altered the point of my letter to the editor (“Students shouldn’t be numbers,” May 8). I was responding to an article on the Roaring Fork School District’s hiring of a new director of curriculum, assessment and instruction and the educational focus the district would be taking in the coming years.
I contrasted the phrases that were in that article with important words that were not in the article. The school district stated that its focus would be on “standards-based teaching … increased need to assist our schools in analyzing student data … measuring outcomes … more data crunching … tracking of students … increasing emphasis on standards-based education.”
Here are some phrases that were not in the school district article: “creating lifelong learners … fostering critical-thinking skills … supporting children to become ingenious, out-of-the-box problem solvers … letting teachers decide appropriate academic strategies for their students … challenging gifted learners so they are not bored in school.”
There are many parents, teachers and students who are dismayed at the constant focus on data collection, inflexible standards-based curriculum and the pervasiveness of teaching to the test that occurs in all public schools in our valley. Most of these people will never individually take their concerns directly to the school board or superintendent because this kind of conversation has been discouraged for many years.
I propose that residents gather at meetings this summer in our four valley towns to discuss our concerns. We can then present them to the school administrators in a unified voice.
If you’d like to be a part of this process, please contact me to get on the invite list once the meeting dates are set: 970-927-4627 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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