So, I know I've pushed hard on what I think could be better about the Amherst public schools (and I share the superintendent's belief that our schools are NOT living up to their potential), but after reading an article in the New York Times (8-18-09) on people paying $450 an hour for coaching on getting their children into private school in New York City, I was moved to write a letter to the paper praising the joys of public education, which appeared in today's issue. And for those who are still waiting -- my blog posting on Tuesday's SC meeting will appear tomorrow (Sunday) -- it's been a busy week, hence the delay!
To the Editor:
As a mother of three who lives in a small New England college town, I am writing to express my appreciation for the column.
I sometimes regret that my children miss out on the excitement of New York City living — museums, theater, music, restaurants. But learning about what will undoubtedly be a very successful business (charging parents $450 an hour for advice on getting their child into kindergarten) gives me a new appreciation for the joys of small-town living — like enrolling my children in our local public schools without having to take a standardized test or interview with the principal.
Amherst, Mass., Aug. 18, 2009
The writer is a professor of psychology at Amherst College and a member of the school board in Amherst.
My Goal in Blogging
I started this blog in May of 2008, shortly after my election to the School Committee, because I believed it was very important to both provide the community with an opportunity to share their thoughts with me about our schools and to provide me with an opportunity for me to ask questions and share my thoughts and reasoning. I have found the conversation generated on my blog to be extremely helpful to me in learning community views on many issues. I appreciate the many people who have taken the time to share their views. I believe it is critical to the quality of our public schools to have a public discussion of our community priorities, concerns and aspirations.