TO THE EDITOR: My friends, I am writing to let you know about the people who help people, and they do a wonderful job doing it.
Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, Sen. Betty Little (I wish her a very happy birthday), Mark Tiffer will do a wonderful job as our mayor and Don, my boy, we will miss you.
Patty Waldron, county legislator District 6, she works hard helping people, and Maureen Bradish, Beekmantown clerk and tax collector, Department of Social Services, JCEO, Office of the Aging, our lawyers, our judges, all the city and state police, also our DA Andrew Wylie.
God bless all of you, and God bless America.
Created to fail
TO THE EDITOR: Commissioner King has come out to reassure us that the low test scores simply help us to know that we need to work harder and better so that our children are ready to compete, that the scores are a wakeup call and that in this year of transition it’s understandable that the scores are lower.
There are some things he did not say: The state created these tests and knew that most children would fail. What kind of system creates tests that guarantees that most children will come away feeling they are failures? This is child abuse, pure and simple, and blames the victims (children, teachers, administrators, families) for the failure.
There is no evidence, no research, nothing that shows that these tests are valid measures of who the children are or how the schools are performing. And there is no research that proves that this hyper-emphasis on testing is actually leading to our children being better educated.
We want our children to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, people who can get along with and who can work with others, who are flexible and able to deal with new situations. We want children who care about others, who can be good family members and neighbors, who can cooperate to make our lives better. We want our children to know basic skills so that they can live productive, satisfying lives.