With the pressure on schools these days, it's easy to understand how a school board could step into certain areas with the notion that they're doing the right thing (Understanding the Times, December). Schools are required to face the ramifications of babies having babies.
The authors hit on a great point in regard to motivating and engaging students ("The New Literacies," October). This has to be a goal of every educator and moving into the 21st Century with technology is a must. My three- and four-year-old children can both access the Internet and log on to PBS to play educational games. They run the mouse like they have been using it for years.
Mark Gruen, principal, Eleva-Strum Central High School and Middle School, Strum, Wis.
In the September Inside the Law story you attest you are in favor of beginning a "dialogue on these critical issues," i.e., the ones that pertain to whether it is still necessary to use race as a criterion for desegregation. I, however, am doubtful of the sincerity of your statement.
I JUST READ [Gary Stager's] article ("Guess Why They Call It MySpace," May 2006, page 78). While I agree with him in principle, we have blocked the site and others like it at our district. Why? Because we had one student threaten to kill another student using MySpace.
The "problem" the Internet has created is that there are no more rumors. If you hear something you can quickly see if it is true or not simply by accessing the Internet and the site(s) where it originated.