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Core Knowledge idea should be weighed against existing curricula

Jim Cook - Frisco

After having read the press release by the Summit School District in the Sept. 26 paper, I have to confess that I’m puzzled.

Don’t we have a successful, highly rated, equitable education program already in place?

The two-hour meeting on Monday, Oct. 6, includes one hour devoted to a presentation by the pre-packaged, controversial Core Knowledge program. The other hour is devoted to the International Baccalaureate program.

While it is certainly informative to hear from representatives of various education foundations, I have to wonder about the omission of a presentation about the current system that is highly regarded and fully supported by Summit taxpayers.

This seems to be an oversight that misrepresents the district. We are not confronted with a frantic either-or proposition here.

We are not starting from zero. In fact, there may be a lot to lose. As a citizen, I need a fair representation of all choices, including the current program, to compare advantages and disadvantages for our community.

Summit School District needs to be honest with the public about what we already have in our schools, and demonstrate the urgent need for such a radical change from a successful path.

Jim Cook

Frisco


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