Posts tagged: Letters
The letters section of the Coeur d'Alene Press has two sides to question re: whether Silverwood's Haunted House, Scarywood, went too far this year:
Question: Anyone had the Scarywood experience and want to comment?
The xenophobic Coeur d’Alene school directors have certainly been busy of late. Whacked the IB Program for good, they did — Ciao! Dismantled the PYP Program too — auf Wiedersehen! Next on their agenda ought to be the elimination of those pesky foreign languages — adieu! Too much cross cultural teaching/learning inherent in those buggers. Probably a sub-plot of that sinister United Nations. An appropriate song to be played at all director meetings and other school gatherings would be Pink Floyd’s “We don’t need no education … We don’t need no thought control … Teacher, Teacher, leave those kids alone.” Oops, probably won’t fly since Pink Floyd is a BRITISH group. Why can’t I get Judy Collins’ lyrics off my mind whenever the school board meets — “Send in the clowns, don’t bother they’re here.” Adios!/Dale Hensley, Hayden Lake. Coeur d'Alene Press letters to the editor.
DFO: Not only is this a well-written letter, but the headline written for it by a Coeur d'Alene Press editor is superb.
On the Coeur d'Alene Press editorial page today, Editor Mike Patrick tells of an electronic search from April 5 to June 11 of all letters and guest opinions about the Coeur d'Alene recall attempt: Here's the results:
This week's story, “Teachers Resist High-Tech Push in Idaho Schools,” featured a Post Falls dateline and quoted three teachers: Ann Rosenbaum of Post Falls High School, Doug StanWeins of Boise High and Stefani Cook at Rigby High. Idaho Senate Finance Committee Chairman Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, also weighed in, telling the Times the legislature was “dazzled” by lobbyists for high-tech companies who gave to Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's 2010 re-election campaign. “It’s almost as if it was written by the top technology providers in the nation,” Cameron told the Times. “And you’d think students would be excited about getting a mobile device, but they’re saying: not at the expense of teachers.” In letters to the Times published Thursday, three readers echo those sentiments and critique the role of technology/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (Betsy Russell SR file photo: Tom Luna)
I am appalled to see pictures of children of all ages participating — both “willingly” and unwillingly — in the plunge into the 35-degree lake. It had never occurred to me anyone beside consenting adults would participate in this activity. As far as I can see, this is a form of child abuse. People who are supposed to protect children — such as the teacher who gave her student “points” for plunging and the grandmother who was holding onto an apparently unwilling 4-year-old — are failing miserably as protectors of children. Then there are the 16-year-olds who are participating due to peer pressure. Where is the common sense?/Karen Norskog, Coeur d’Alene Press letter writer. More here.
Question: Is it child abuse for a parent to participate in the Polar Bear Plunge with a younger child?