Additionally, we were somewhat puzzled by the claim that it will now be more important in the classroom to understand the process of arriving at a correct answer instead of actually getting the correct answer. And while we would be the first to argue that understanding the process of problem solving is key to education, we do not think it trumps arriving at the right solution. Knowing how to do something without actually being able to do it seems rather pointless to us.
Thus we find ourselves musing over the direction that CCS seems to be taking. We can but hope that as they move forward they will keep not only students and their parents informed but the residents of the entire district as well. We have often felt that the school is somewhat dismissive of district residents who do not have students in the system. Yet as parents of former students and grandparents of current students, we believe district residents are concerned about the education the present students are getting. And while we are accustomed to hearing from former parents who are puzzled about the current educational system, this summer has been the first time when we have talked with a number of parents who expressed displeasure, or even dissatisfaction, with the education their children are receiving.
To say that we found such discussions to be somewhat troubling is an understatement. Our hope is that CCS is on the right track and that down the road the district will be well positioned for whatever the future of education in NYS might be. But we do have to wonder what will happen if that is not the case.
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