Question: I was just wondering if there is anyone out there who has anything positive to say about the great things that happen at The Learning Community (formally the primary school). I don't know if any other people outside of the school system have any idea about what it takes to teach young children. I know that the fourth grade is now doing a new program (Harcourt) and it is only the second year. With that program in place, there will certainly need to be changes in ELA K-5. These things take time and discussion, and it has to be decided if that program is really good for children.
I just wonder if any of these people challenging the curriculum at TLC have any clue about children's developmental readiness as they grow and learn. Just as children learn to walk at different times (not all at 10 months) they also master different academic skills at different rates. The TLC program has always catered to those specific needs of the children in our district. As a parent of two children currently in the elementary system at B-P, I am proud of the instruction my children are getting at TLC. The teachers there work hard to keep the curriuculum challenging and rewarding for all children at all their varied develpmental stages. Education should not be a cookie-cutter system, as it seems we are trying to create with this Harcourt program. That does not mean we shouldn't challenge the children, but we do need to consider that even in fourth grade they are not all developmentally at the same level.
I guess with all that said, my question is, to staff and parents, do you think it is time we work together to continue to build upon our current curriculum, or would it be more beneficial to just point fingers at others and create animosity between parents, teachers and the two elementary buildings? It takes a village!!
- answered by Stephen Tomlinson, District Superintendent
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