Allie · March 26, 2013 at 6:02 pm
If classes are failing the schools need to look at the method of teaching being used. If you use a bad method for more time the results will not be any better. Ineffective instruction does not become good instruction just because you add a few extra minutes to allow it to continue to happen. The music program is succeeding so lets punish it by taking away from it???? This makes no sense at all. I strongly support our schools and our teachers. I do not support taking away from academic programs that so strongly influence and guide our students. I do not support changes like this that make no sense. Provide professional development to teach better teaching methods and strategies to make our kids successful. Just because a method works in one place does not mean it will work here with our kids. Do not punish those programs that are successful.
woodmom · March 26, 2013 at 8:09 am
I am really confused...I sat and listened to school board members, school principals and community leaders extol the contributions that a MUSIC teacher made toward learning; to former students testify that music classes gave them so much and taught them more than just music. Over 250 people shared the same opinion of Addison Lightfoot, long time educator in Fauquier County, proven by their attendance at his recent celebration of life. Now you tell me these same people want to do away with this valuable experience deeming an "extra". Shame on you.
Kellysfordman · March 22, 2013 at 1:58 pm
My two children attended Cedar Lee Middle School and gained many leader-ship skills from that wonderful athletic program and of course the cheering program was part of that discipline. Patrick is now an assitant principal in the Virginia Beach School system and Kelly, a special needs teacher in the Chesterfield County School system. I am, as I know several teachers and administative personnel that were part of their experiences should be and are proud too.
Their education was across the curiculum in the arts, the sciences, the languages, mathematics, social studies, and physical areas of their Human Growth and Development. I, like you Carina agree that when we cut programs we hurt our children and those teachers. And, your referenced discipline, music needs to be identified at the most important developmental years; 12-14 and even earlier if possible.
I support the tax for our schools and my property value went down, and I have no motive for an increase, but support it for teachers. Our teachers who do and have done their job should not be put in the position to move across the northern county lines for jobs that obiviously will be effected by human resource cuts in debated areas if this discipline is cut.
I wasn't a scholarsip winner in athletics, but I learned those lessons that team play provides and carried them with me in my chosen career, hobby and competetive behavior in the academic world. School Board members who are considering these cuts should look at who they are effecting. Any decision to hurt our young and deny any from the opportunities of this great commonwealth is not a good one.
The definition of education in my career has been:
"An education is the sum total of all your experiences, not the ones that you don't get a chance to have." Fauquier County provided all of those experiences to my two children, and I know to yours too Carina. I was glad they had those opportunites to at least explore their interests.
I summarize and add,the educators from Cedar Lee and Fauquier High that taught my two did their job, and did it well. Our county should support their life time effort to continue their passion, in all disciplines.
Sincerely, and with malice to none, I am
James G. Flanagan, Career Science Teacher
and proud father, SumerduckWood
in beautiful Southern Fauquier County