Auburn News* THE
NEWSPAPER OF EAST ALABAMA*10/9/98
Letter: Now it's a lack of
Tuesday I attended the Auburn City
Council meeting long enough to get the impression that the concerns of parents
who would like the school year to remain as it is were being brushed off.
Wednesday I listened to a group of
parents who believe they haven't been heard and who are afraid the new program
is being rammed through using dubious, if not dishonest techniques.
Last year I heard parents complain
about having their children bussed around Auburn (a very bad idea, at least if
the purpose of schooling is to educate children).
No government, board of directors or
ruling body can succeed without the trust and confidence of those it ru1es, and
the Auburn education establishment is losing this confidence of the parents
whose children are in its care. And deservedly so. We have had nearly half a
century of social engineers driving a wedge between children and parents, and
this sounds like more of the same.
No matter who I ask, The success of
Auburn schools is attributed to parental involvement and individual teacher
performance. So why is the establishment going out
ofits way to estrange half of
those who account for its success? Why, rather than changing things just to be
changing things, try another untested system? ls it possible we have an
educational bureaucracy that is out of control, hampering the efforts of
teachers and parents?
If 1 had children in school in Auburn
and they were doing poorly I would be at my wits end overwhelmed by a sense
that in Auburn, bureaucratic experiments matter more than family. If I were
Mayor Ham I would be looking long and hard at the School Board.
Letter: Resident asks for
An open letter to Auburn
Superintendent Dr. Mick Martin:
Thanks for talking with me about the
poor timing of the announced meeting on year round school on 12 Oct. 1998. This
date is much too soon.
move the city-wide year round
school meeting to a later day
for these reasons:
10 days is too short a lead time for
folks to hear about it and get ready, especially since ACS hasn't said any
thing. Sure, you told me the date was in the Oct. 2 newspaper, (and it
was--buried on page 2 of an article), but it's hard to believe this is how ACS
conducts its publicity. ACS should publicize its meetings in the paper, on the
radio and on school calendars through the PTAs.
None of this has happened even though
this critical meeting is nine days away. This process is accused of being
secretive. Without publicity, I see why.
You've been accused of
process. If ACS is in a hurry
to get information out, advertise it far in advance. So far, ACS hasn't.
Auburn citizens are not prepared to
attend this meeting, now nine days away, mostly because ACS has not publicized
the information it's gathered on year-round schooling. Dr. Freeman said
yesterday, that "the citizens are crying for information" (she read a
sample letter on same), yet ACS
hasn't let them know where the information
I hope you
change the format
of this meeting so it is a forum--a public meeting place for open discussion.
The current format forbids
discussion--a big mistake,
since it suggests that the questions will be all plants and the hard questions
won't be allowed since they'll be filtered by your moderator. I'm sure you're
not afraid to let people speak.
Please set the
additional city-wide town
meetings you promised on Sept.
1 so there can be discussion. Don't rush this. Like we said, there's great
strength in hearing other folks' concerns --splitting up the city into PTA
district meetings, with many different speakers, will confuse the issue and
result in misinformation--the last thing ACS needs.