TO THE EDITOR: Commissioner King was questioned recently about how he justified sending his children to a private school that offered many of the program that public schools can no longer afford to offer, and the Commissioner said that he felt that it was best for his children.
They do not have to deal with the Common Core, with the hyper focus on testing and with the pressures of teacher evaluations tied to test scores. And he is right; it is likely best for his children.
Unfortunately, he does not think that what is good for his children is also good for the rest of us. Instead, he and his Department of Education repeatedly tell us that the Common Core and testing regime is just what our children need, so they can be career and college ready.
I wonder what is so different about our children that their needs are so different from his children. If the Common Core and test after test is what will help our children to be college and career ready, why isn’t he making sure his children get the same? Doesn’t he want them to be career and college ready?
I would humbly suggest that anyone in a decision making position regarding education (commissioner, chancellor, regent, superintendent, board of education member, local and state politician, governor) should be required to have their children (and/or grandchildren) attend public schools, to be subject to whatever policies they pass.
It might cause them to think twice about the education policies they now pass for “other people’s children.”
TO THE EDITOR: The Cadyville Community Tree Lighting held on Dec. 14 was again a great success.
This was the 14th anniversary of this event, which is held each year through the efforts of the Cadyville Wesleyan Church, St. James Catholic Church, Cadyville Fire Department Auxiliary and the Cadyville Fire Department.
There were more than 200 attendees who enjoyed horse-drawn rides, a visit from Santa, refreshments and the company of fellow community friends. The event was free of charge to the public.
We would like to thank our donators: Bob and Suzanne Miller, Applebee’s, Bob and Elsie Golovach, Cadyville Gulf, Tina’s Shear Magic Salon, CCF Furniture Shop, Norm Baker, Jeff and Charlene Favaro and finally D&D Trees for the wonderful Christmas Tree. The continued generosity of this group is greatly appreciated.
This year, the families of Beverly Favaro, “Mugsy” Favaro, Liz Connor, Jeff Layhee and Bob Robare lit the community tree. All were longtime residents of Cadyville who each were active in and contributed to the community they loved.
We look forward to seeing everyone again next year. Happy Holidays to all.
JEFF AND CHARLENE FAVARO
BOB AND SUZANNE MILLER
JOHN AND ROBIN DOWNEY