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‘Element’ has answer to dropout ranking

Letter to the Editor
2010-08-01T00:00:00Z ‘Element’ has answer to dropout rankingBy Cyd Slattery Helena Independent Record
August 01, 2010 12:00 am  • 

This letter is in regard to the story “State ranks poorly in high school dropouts” (July 27).

I tuned in to the Bonnie Hunt show Tuesday as she was interviewing her guest Ken Robinson, Ph.D. about his recent book, “The Element.” I was so impressed I made a special trip to the Lewis and Clark library — the book had just been returned by a reader. Hurray! There is the answer to how to prevent many students from being “dropouts.”

I was an administrative assistant for Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies for approximately 10 years and helped to launch the Children’s Health Insurance Program. I interviewed hundreds of parents to encourage them to sign up for the assistance being offered and was astounded, and alarmed, to learn how many had children diagnosed as ADD or ADHD and prescribed the drug Ritalin.

“The Element” contains a wide range of stories about the creative journeys of very different people. People who had been told in essence that they were “too slow,” “uneducatable” in our cookie-cutter approach to education but have become some of the most successful members of our society when allowed and encouraged to be themselves. When given the opportunity to realize their individuality and “follow their dream.” I highly recommend Ken Robinson’s “The Element” to educators and parents for serious consideration!

Cyd Slattery

Helena

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  1. Purple
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    Purple - August 01, 2010 9:35 pm
    Therightchange said: "Give this information to Messinger you know the guy who thinks that sex education for 6 year olds is more important than teaching them how to live in today's world. It is the Helena School System that needs reform before the drop out rate can be addressed and giving the superentendent a group of people who will agree to anything he wants is not the answer for our children."

    For the school system to reform first, it would be an overt admission that they are failing. We must not have that! They would rather hide the TRUTH than admit they've been wrong for over 30 years.

    When you have 26 percent of folks, during a national survey, get it WRONG about which country our founding fathers gained our independence for US from it speaks volumes about the quality of education being provided.

    If our teachers are incapable of teaching U.S. History, how the hell can they teach sex education and get it right? Since our teachers seem to believe sex education is more important than teaching U.S. History, what does that say about their MORAL VALUES?

    Do our teachers have an alterior motive for wanting to teach sex education to 6-year olds?
  2. Therightchange
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    Therightchange - August 01, 2010 7:35 am
    Give this information to Messinger you know the guy who thinks that sex education for 6 year olds is more important than teaching them how to live in today's world. It is the Helena School System that needs reform before the drop out rate can be addressed and giving the superentendent a group of people who will agree to anything he wants is not the answer for our children.
  3. Purple
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    Purple - August 01, 2010 2:58 am
    Socialist propaganda is all it is.

    Remember some of those professionals who try to tell parents how to raise their children? Guess what, very few of them had children of their own, so what made them experts?

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