RE “Plymouth school opens with focus on vocations as well as academics,” Sept. 22: Interesting that this school is being hailed as forward-thinking. Brockton High School has had vocational offerings since its opening in 1973. Granted, Brockton is an “economically challenged” community, but the school also has very strong International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs. The school has been forward-thinking from the beginning, and has served its students and community well.
Many schools in the area once had at least minimal vocational offerings, but scrapped them in favor of “more rigorous” course work. At the same time, arts courses had to fight to justify their existence, even though those subjects were the only areas in which students were truly challenged to think and work creatively. Creativity is finally getting the credit it deserves, because industry and business demand it.
Ironic that vocational course work (including arts) is viewed as offering the only truly authentic learning experience, so valued in today’s educational community.
Could the emphasis on testing, testing, and more testing have been responsible for the demise of vocational programs? I’m sure of it. Yet it is promising to see that the field of education seems to be waking up to the importance of meeting the needs of all students with a variety of solutions, and the value of a wide range of educational paths.
RE “Town moderator sounding the alarm on brain aneurysm,” Sept. 22: My grandfather died of a brain aneurysm at the age of 48, and I never got the chance to meet him. Thank you for bringing attention to this important issue.
An inspiring tale, and yet . . .
RE “Going gold to battle childhood cancer,” Sept. 22: The stories of people going through the worst possible times of their lives and able to pull it together to raise money is incredible. At the same time, it makes me so angry that in this country, people who are going through the worst time of their lives need to raise money! That anyone at anytime is at risk for financial ruin because of illness is where we were years ago, except it is even more dramatically expensive today. We must hold the feet of Congress to the fire so folks like the Schindlers never have to think about bankruptcy while saving the lives of loved ones.
RE Beverly Beckham’s “A kind of love you never knew,” Sept. 22: Just beautiful! We all think as new parents that our child will be “perfect.” Just like us, they never are. We learn to love and accept their humanity and imperfections just as we hope that they will someday accept ours. Every life matters. Every life has meaning. What a less beautiful world we would live in without Lucy in it.
We realized not long after James was born that everything was magnified. The love, the laughter, and sometimes the tears, but nothing prepared us for how he would teach us, how we became better people for having him in our life. We are blessed.
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