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It was nice to read something positive about education in the article on City Charter High School ("City Charter High's Approach Proves Successful," June 23). While many charters have not been successful for a variety of reasons, this demonstrates the direction charters should follow to give young people an opportunity to be successful in their lives.
They primarily must employ teachers/administrators who love learning and want to share that with others who seek the same. While having the same teacher throughout the students' four years has some drawbacks, it offers both student and teacher the opportunity to know where they are going and what they need to achieve to reach that goal. They become "family" and understand how to resolve disagreements positively to meet their objectives.
The small, selective classes make the chances of success better, but having worked in private and public sectors over 37 years, I know it can be successful in large and small classes. The approach can and should be planned and adapted for any public school setting, while being monitored carefully and modified appropriately.
Because of the introduction of cyber schools and other updates in the public schools, I think districts should have ongoing studies to observe and evaluate bringing their schools into distinctive modes appropriate to their community and the times. It's for the young and the future!
First Published July 3, 2012 12:00 am