Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

Letters to the Editor

March 27, 2009

Reading issue needs both sides

Dear Editor,

To all concerned parents of children in the Pauls Valley Public School System: When I first learned of the “Too Much Reading” website and the “Parent Initiative for Change” I had a number of emotional responses, none of them positive.

Because I tend to be reactive in nature and speak without first thinking about the ramifications of my words, I often respond in such a way that will not lead to any meaningful dialogue, but rather, I lash out, which never seems to accomplish a lot.

This is exactly what I did on the discussion forum that was originally available on the “Too Much Reading” website.

The discussion forum was removed however, and what I wrote there is not available for public viewing. This is probably a good thing.

I believe that if we cannot engage in meaningful dialogue over an issue that it will not be resolved in any appropriate, lasting way, no matter how big or small the issue.

The particular issue at hand is very important to me because I have a daughter who is just beginning her experience in the Pauls Valley Public School System.

It is very important to me that she receives a quality education and that when she graduates she is prepared, whether she chooses to continue her education, start an entrepreneurial career, go to work for someone else or get married and be a stay-at-home mom.

I have my own ideas about what I would like to see. But in the end it will be her decision. No matter what she chooses, I believe it is important that she be able to think critically and make her own informed decisions.

I also believe that without those critical thinking skills she will be at a competitive disadvantage compared to her peer group.

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