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Published: Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 1:00 a.m.
Everett schools

Basic education isn't adequate

This is the School Board Appreciation month. I have a granddaughter in the Everett School District (third grade) and in her four years of schooling she has received less than an adequate education to meet the needs that she will be required to have to enter college. This is a direct result of our school board's decision making!
The subjects that are taught on a daily basis are math, reading and writing. P.E. is twice a week, music and computers are twice a month. Science is when we have time! The only actual school book I've seen is math and that's because I asked. The books they read for two hours every day are story books like "Geronimo Stilton" (he's a mouse). I have asked one of our school board officials why they couldn't have a social studies or history book to read, and the only answer I received about any of my concerns was that they have spoken to Boeing and the college and the individuals they see are lacking in math and reading! Where is Boeing going to be when these children are ready to join the workforce?
The only history they have received has pertained to Martin Luther King. In November, the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination, I asked her if it was discussed in school, and she asked me, "Who is he"? This month is an assembly in honor of MLK, but there is no mention of Presidents' Day next month in their newsletter, it's just a day off.
We vote next month and part of our tax dollars are for books; ask your child how many books are in their desk?
They are not being taught; history, language arts, social studies, geography, art, or health, at least not at the elementary level. I guess these classes will have to wait until they get older?
If you are concerned about this lack of education, I urge you to attend school board meetings so we can let them know we need more education for our tax dollars.
Maribeth Halstead
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