The July 27 editorial “Everett High: Drama over theater program” rightly shames Everett High School for cutting theater education from its curriculum in response to “intense pressures to improve academic achievement.” Apparently, Everett views achievement as scores on statewide assessments — tests that, ironically, incorporate plays to evaluate reading comprehension. If that is the school district’s measure, Everett should include more plays in the curriculum, not fewer.
Everett’s schools, and the officials who mandate the assessments, should appreciate that education is about providing the foundation and skills needed for a happy and productive life. Think about all the real-life jobs that benefit from a little theater in their execution. What presentation, client interaction, or sales pitch isn’t helped by skilled delivery?