PEAK is important

2011-11-23T00:00:00Z 2011-12-04T23:47:55Z PEAK is importantBy Andrew Huff - Letter to the Editor Helena Independent Record
November 23, 2011 12:00 am  • 

I am writing to express strong support for the PEAK program and to address misperceptions reported in Sunday’s front-page article. First, it is inaccurate to represent that any consultation, formal or informal, has taken place with the families directly impacted by these discussions. I am the parent of a child in PEAK. Prior to Sunday’s article, I knew nothing of the brewing attack and I disagree with the unilateral approach and conclusions of the program’s detractors. Second, although the criticisms are clothed in superficially reasonable language, the central message — that the program is a boondoggle for kids that are already doing well in school — is destructive and uninformed. The public schools are obligated to educate a broad spectrum of children. The general curriculum is designed for the majority of children in the system. Outside of this majority are children who need additional or different programming to ensure they receive the benefits of a public education. Being identified as “gifted” or “talented” does not necessarily mean a child is doing well in school. Although some of these children excel within the general curriculum, others do not and are in danger of turning away from the schools. While PEAK is critical for all “gifted” and “talented” children for a variety of reasons, it is an especially important lifeline for children who need innovative programming to remain engaged in their education. To suggest that the schools should turn away from these children is wrong and I, for one, will fight for PEAK.

Andrew Huff


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  1. King's Castle
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    King's Castle - November 23, 2011 8:57 am
    I agree with Mr. Huff 100%. I also have a daughter in the PEAK program who benefitted most from the interpersonl skills she learned through this program. And I do PAY for the PEAK program through my taxes, just as I help pay for the football teams to travel, as well as all other school sanctioned sports and activities. My daughter and children like her should be afforded the same opportunities as these athletes or band, track, orchestra, volleyball, choir, basketball, ect. All children should have the chance to be who they are and shine at what they do.
  2. Longinus
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    Longinus - November 23, 2011 3:30 am
    If you like PEAK so much fine, YOU pay for it.

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