Right to arms

TO THE EDITOR: A brief history summary: Queen Ann’s War, Seven Year’s War, Revolutionary War, Concord Bridge, Fort St. Frederic, Fort Crown Point, Valley Forge, Saratoga, Plattsburgh, Monitor-Merrimac, Antietam, Gettysburg, Appamattox, Flanders Field.

Also, Pearl Harbor, North Africa, Anzio Beach, Omaha Beach, Iwo Jima, Tarawa, Okinawa, Nagasaki.

Also, DMZ, Inchon, Chosin Reservoir, Pork Chop Hill, Mekong River, Hue Citadel, Hanoi Hilton, Saigon, Desert Storm, 9/11 attacks, Baghdad, Afghanistan, Osama Bin Ladin.

Think about it. All of our millions of casualties and tens of thousands KIAs. Is it any wonder why our country’s founders included the “right to bear arms” way back almost 237 years ago? Do not let a few deranged cretins abrogate this freedom.

God bless, America.

BOB SPRING

Crown Point

 

Standardized curriculum

TO THE EDITOR: There is one definite advantage in getting older — having viewed the evolution of events over many years, the elderly can rightly say: “I have been there and seen or done that.”

Two recollections popped into my head as I read the recent account of the Model U.N. experience of North Country students. In 1948, I traveled with a group of students to the County Courthouse in Elizabethtown, from Saranac Lake, to debate current issues with representatives from other North Country schools. We each selected a topic and prepared our arguments, pro or con, in preparation for this public forum.

I chose the abolition of Regents exams, arguing a position very similar to those being made today against standardized tests.

Those arguments took place 65 years ago, and we are still debating these issues. As you can see, my arguments didn’t have much impact.

In 1953, as a third-grade teacher at the beginning of my teaching career, I was expected to conform to the Cardin System of Reading. This system wasn’t just about reading; it was an attempt to change the core curriculum of schools to conform to the wishes of Mae Carden.

She determined the schools were in dire need of her “innovations,” including her newly published texts for every subject, worksheets for the kids, tests to measure achievement and above all instruction for teachers about what to say, when to say it and what to do if the students didn’t respond “appropriately.”

In 2013, a too-young-to-remember Bill Gates (with his Microsoft millions) and his partner, Arnie Duncan, (with our tax dollars) and their version of today’s standardized core curriculum could learn a lot comparing notes with Mae Carden about what went wrong, don’t you think?

ROBERT L. ARNOLD

Professor of education, emeritus

Willsboro

 

Departing director

TO THE EDITOR: Since 2006, this community has been fortunate to have John Krueger as the director of the Kent-Delord House Museum.

His knowledge, expertise and passion for the museum and its story has been shared with not only those of this region but has expanded internationally. John has been integral to the promotion of this area’s significance in United States history.

John has always upheld high standards and utmost integrity in the museum preservation, continually striving to “get it right,” whether selecting artifacts to be displayed each season or the continual conservation required in a house whose earliest parts date from the late 18th century.

March 30 will be John’s last day as director of the museum, but he will still be involved in a different capacity. The Board of Trustees wishes to thank him for his service and wishes him the best.

DEANNE PRICE

President

Kent-Delord House Museum Board of Trustees

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