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Letting business shape K-12 curriculum is terrible idea

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Short-sightedness is a common problem shared by many of our leaders at the present time. Nowhere is this lack of leadership more noticeable than in the recently announced Tech Valley education/jobs initiative launched by GlobalFoundries and the Center for Economic Growth. Letting a specific business interest shape the general public school curriculum is a spectacularly bad idea. Not even the big trusts in the Gilded Age made a move to tamper with the early K-12 ...

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December 9, 2012
12:18 p.m.

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L.D., you're wrong. It's not either-or but both. Public education must provide a broad education encompassing the arts, humanities, history, philosophy, and the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics. It must also serve the needs of local businesses so students can earn a living from their education. Public schools need to be able to turn on a dime as the dynamics of the local economies change. This is why every public school needs to be different. Making them all the same is a recipe for stagnation and disaster. The more diverse the public school system, the stronger the nation. Forming partnerships with local businesses is not only prudent, it's essential.

December 9, 2012
2:02 p.m.

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I agree with L.D.Davidson's concern.Even now at age 87,I remember gratefully many of the subjects I was taught in my public schools.History,music,art ,spelling,Shakespeare,French,Latin,grammar,Gilbert &Sullivan & many other subjects that have informed & enriched my life & that I may have missed with a more narrowly focused curriculum.
David A.Wasser,MD