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October 3, 2013

Modules take school reforms too far


Had there been modules in ancient Greece, would there have been a Socrates? And if there were not a Socrates, would there have been a Plato, or an Aristotle … or an Alexander the Great? 

“We have become a tool” as the modules have “stripped the joys from learning,” said Valleyview Elementary School third-grade teacher Ken Sider at the Riverside meeting. 

Oneonta City School District Superintendent Joseph Yelich said: “I don’t want to lose creativity in the classroom” or the ability to tap into the “intellectual capability” of teachers.” 

Yelich said he would do what he could to give teachers more flexibility, and that is a good thing. But parents, teachers and others must raise their voices loudly and persistently to effect a change on the state level. 

The only thing at stake is the untapped potential of our children. 

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