More than Vocal Minority Opposed Exit Outcomes
I must question the reliability of sources you used to qualify your comment, "A vocal minority in the county mistook Exit Outcomes as some sinister mind-control plot," printed in your June 29 editorial, "Shilling's Legacy."
I believe you have misrepresented the "vocal minority" in this county. (By the way, you get a "vocal minority" in this county on any issue).
I must add that the Carroll County Times' poll last year said 94 percent of the county agreed with the "vocal minority."
Next, you stated we thought it was a "sinister mind-control plot." Au contraire.
We said Exit Outcomes is Outcome-Based Education and that it had failed miserably in other parts of the country, costing millions of dollars. We said Outcome-Based Education was very expensive, even as school officials said it would cost no more money.
Finally a confession by Carolyn Scott stating she needed to be re-elected because so much money was involved in the new curriculum that she needed to remain to steer it. . . . We said we wanted more academic time and less time on demonstrators like "demonstrate what it is to be an effective family member," and so many like it. We brought out the true flaws in the program.
We stand in agreement with findings of nationally known educators like Milton Goldberg, who led research on the '83 education report, "A Nation At Risk." His latest statement: We must "reclaim the academic day" because "it is filled with non-academic requirements such as personal safety, consumer affairs, AIDS [awareness], family life, driver's training."
He feels that communities should offer these subjects after the academic day. And, although our county no longer offers driver's training, the "vocal minority" has been saying all along we need more academics and give the other subjective, affective stuff back to the community. . . .
Laura E. Albers
Doves of a Feather?
Guess which two U.S. senators from Maryland voted against our involvement in the Gulf War which freed a nation and stopped Saddam Hussein from controlling the world's oil?
You guessed it: Senators Paul Sarbanes and Barbara Mikulski, otherwise known as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. They wanted Congress to be notified first, more time, sanctions and didn't want to send American boys into a foreign land.
So imagine my surprise when I looked at their recent voting record to find the two did not support an amendment requiring President Clinton, with all his military genius, to first obtain prior congressional approval of any planned U.S. military invasion of the tiny island of Haiti.
Isn't it time for these two political birds of a feather to go?
Elmer Wolfe Controversy
In response to your column, "Lockard's Dilemma at Elmer Wolfe" (July 10), I would like to enlighten you to another side of this situation.
Your statement that Elmer Wolfe parents do not understand why their children are treated differently from other county fourth-graders implies that they are treated worse.
I, along with 23 other families who had children in fifth grade last year, do not agree with this. According to a survey taken of New Windsor's fifth grade families, an overwhelming majority of the respondents felt their children's education in a modified middle school system was superior to what other fifth graders are receiving in a standard elementary school system.
I also resent the second paragraph that insinuates that New Windsor is a large brawl room full of juvenile delinquents. On the aforementioned survey, several parents took the time to write very positive and glowing remarks concerning their fifth graders' social and emotional maturation at New Windsor.
Only one respondent wrote that their child had been intimidated and only when arriving at school in the morning. Most of these parents had worried that their children were not ready for the more independent environment of a middle school. Most worried needlessly, for we tend to underestimate our children while not recognizing that it is we, as parents, who are uneasy with the fact our child is ready to become a more independent person. . . .
Cynda H. Bertier