, Newburyport, MA


June 6, 2014

What is really wrong with our schools?


This week, my fourth-grader brought home a permission slip for a field trip to Margarita’s (yes, the bar/restaurant). We live in an area ripe with fun, educational and cultural opportunities and the best we can do with our limited educational time and resources is a $12 trip to a chain Mexican restaurant? When I asked how this field trip was chosen, I was told that it supported the curriculum of the fourth grade and had been part of that curriculum for years.

Clearly something needs to change. We need to look beyond the surface and address the issues at the level of what is being taught to our students and how it is being taught. Parents, hold the district accountable for what the district is choosing to teach our kids! School administrators and staff, use curriculum development days wisely —they come at great cost to educational time.

And most importantly, listen to the parents! More than one administrator found my questioning the educational value of the All-You-Can-Eat Taco buffet offensive. Families are what will build this city. Don’t let them start to leave before we get brave enough to look at the real issues.

Christine Miller


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