Today much of the political landscape is dominated by what the media calls “culture wars.” In schools, these are largely philosophical arguments about whether schools should teach only reading, writing, and arithmetic like in the days of one room schoolhouses or also teach life skills like social emotional learning to prepare young people for entry into a rapidly changing global economy. Having different opinions about issues like this is normally healthy and usually contributes to better approaches to educating our young people.
Sadly, what should be positive and productive discussions about our children’s future have turned ugly here in Coronado. This is not conducive to a healthy exchange of ideas and cannot lead to better educational outcomes, regardless of which philosophical approach you support. As a community, we need to elect school board members whose primary focus is on creating the very best educational experience for our kids and not on scoring points in the culture wars.
Please leave the children out of these culture wars. Let’s let kids be kids and, most importantly, let’s let teachers teach.
VOL. 112, NO. 38 - Sept. 21, 2022