To the editors:
I found the December issue of the Notebook ("Teachers and reform") to be depressing but truthful. Teachers and students alike are being treated like "things" to be measured, rather than diverse human beings.
It would have been good to mention a study by Settlement Music School that revealed preschool children who were exposed to art and music were more advanced.
They are also capable of learning different languages. The best time to expose children to different subjects is when they are young.
Isn't it a wonder that children leave school yet still find their way to what interests them, with no help from the school curriculum that oftentimes dumbs down their individual talents?
As for teachers who want to teach, environments that limit creativity and push testing curricula can be damaging to their growth as well as the students.
The writer directs The Whimsical Sage ReadAloud program in Philadelphia schools.