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Back to basics is not the solution

Dear Editor,

For the past several weeks, I’ve been intrigued to read the letters that are in favor of and not in favor of 3B, the Garfield Re-2 mill levy override. Many times I’ve put my fingers to the keyboard and attempted to type a response; however, in a three-paragraph letter, there is no way to give information that truly expresses how I feel. That all changed last night when I read a letter written by Barb Laidlaw that stated, “The district needs to get back to the basics. …” Comments like this have continued to seep their way into the educational arena, and each time a statement like this is made, I feel compelled to respond.

In what other profession are individuals asked to “get back to the basics?” What if society transferred that belief to the medical profession or dentistry? How would Barb Laidlaw feel about going to a doctor or a dentist who “got back to the basics”? What about the military? Should we have them go “back to the basics”?

What we need in education is to listen to the scientific brain research that is now available. The research reports that children’s brains are actually developing differently than they have in the past. We are in an information society where technology is expanding exponentially. Public education needs to reach the students who are in our classrooms today. Going forward, not backwards, is the answer.

Please vote “yes” on 3B.

Amy Witzig-Spradlin


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