letters | defending a charter school

Why does notion of Turkish educators strike some as a threat?

ANYONE WHO has been involved with interfaith dialogue in the Boston area has probably met a Turkish Muslim, maybe several, who are strongly committed to tolerance, understanding, family life, and education. We both have, and were dismayed by the tone of suspicion in the article about the increasing number of charter schools run by Turkish-Americans (“Turkish charter schools growing,” Metro, Feb. 21).

The idea that the US needs to step up its efforts in science and technology education is not controversial. Why does it stir controversy when contributions to that effort are made by Turkish and Turkish-American educators, some of whom draw inspiration from Fetullah Gulen?

If Maria Montessori lived in the era of charter schools, would we be concerned to see a growing number of charter schools run by Italian and Italian-American educators who were influenced by this innovative Italian educator?

Maggie Herzig


Rev. Lucinda Duncan