The op-ed by Calhoun County’s superintendent of schools Joe Dyar contained much good news, and the county’s Board of Education members, administrators, directors, teachers, coaches and support personnel are to be applauded for their vision for our K-12 students.
The educational potential of 21st-century technology cannot be ignored, and nearly 10,000 electronic devices certainly is an impressive number. Yet, for quite some time and from a variety of sources, I have been told that Alabama public school students no longer are being taught such basic life skills as how to read the graduations on a ruler or tell time on an analog clock face or, alarmingly, how to read and write cursive script.
One would think statements of this nature could be dismissed immediately, but my sources are educators, relatives of students in the public school system and even graduates of these schools; and I have not found anything in the Alabama Course(s) of Study or the College and Career-Ready Standards that proves or disproves this. Still, I must ask: When Mr. Dyar and other Alabama educators talk about “promoting literacy,” just what sort of literacy do they have in mind?
Harry D. Nuttall