September 2, 2014

Letters to the Editor


Standards-based learning

I had to laugh at the guest editorial about standards-based learning. It says that CVU is at the forefront in the state. Does that mean kids won’t be graduating anymore just because they attend school? You mean they actually have to learn something to receive a diploma?

That’s nothing new at all. It wasn’t that long ago that kids didn’t automatically pass every year if they didn’t learn what was expected. It was called failing (Oh, my, politically incorrect). They failed because they did not reach expectations academically. Kids didn’t receive a meaningless piece of paper at the end of four years of high school, either. They had to work at learning first.

Kids were actually kept back a year, sometimes two, when they did not meet requirements, right up through high school.

My belief is that if kids were taught nothing except the basics—reading, writing and arithmetic—the first two or three years of school, we wouldn’t be in the mess that education is in now.

Anyway, good luck with going back to the way education used to be. Be prepared to fight the mothers who believe “everybody gets a trophy,” because not everybody deserves a diploma.

Kimberly Townsend



  1. Louis M. Izzo says:

    I take frequent walks in my neighborhood and surrounding sidewalks/roads on Industrial Avenue and Rt 2-A and occasionally see what appears to be a dog-poop bag, nicely tied, but simply left there in the road or on the sidewalk. I would like to remind dog-walkers that this is not appropriate. Please carry it off.

    Thank you for meeting your legal responsibilities.

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