Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 20, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 12/20/2012


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Teaches life lessons

I believe that it's Heather and Jeff Campbell who have gone too far in their quest to ban "The Glass Castle" from Traverse City West Senior High School's curriculum. Even though the book does contain some more mature content, it's well worth the read because of the life lessons it teaches students.

Through the book, students' eyes are opened to the real world, and this is not such a bad thing. Teenagers are able to see how Jeannette Walls' perseverance and refusal to give up hope allowed her to succeed in life.

Having read this book for an honors English 9 class myself, I found it intriguing and compelling, and I'm certainly glad to have read it. Yes, it was different from the typical books that are assigned, but that's what made it stand out to me as a great work of literature. This book is something that others should be exposed to because instead of stealing teenager's presumed innocence, it aids them in preparing for life on their own.

There's nobody that should be allowed to take this experience away from others, yet that's what the Campbells are trying to do, and it's wrong.

Amanda Lodge

Traverse City

No voucher system

Since the 1980s, there has been a push to privatize schools. Twice the people of Michigan have rejected the school voucher concept. But these people will not give up. They just keep coming back and bringing it on in another guise. Over the past few years there has been a campaign to denigrate the public schools. This is not right.

Though we as a country test somewhat below other first-world countries, when you make adjustments for poverty (23 percent or more, Finland 5 percent only) American children do right up there at the top. But privatizing schools, taking public money and putting it into private companies for profit seems to be an idea that won't go away, even if we say "no."

Again they are trying in the Michigan Legislature. HB 6004 , HB 5923 and SB 1358 are just such bills to give us school vouchers smartly disguised.They are on the floor this week. I say no. We never wanted them, we know our public schools are the way to educate our children. Now let's tell them all over again. Call your Michigan state representative or senator and tell them no voucher system ever.

Carol Voigts


The writer is a retired public school teacher.