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Paid Political Letter: What does Bennett mean by back to basics? – Albert Lea Tribun

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Paid Political Letter: What does Bennett mean by back to basics?

Posted at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2022

As a special education teacher, parent of a high school student, and former school board member, I am concerned about the Peggy Bennett ad in the Albert Lea Tribune. She states that “education must go back to the basics… We need to go back to the basics of math, literacy, basic science and history!”

This leaves out the subjects, courses and services that are important to our students and offered in many districts, including schools in the Albert Lea area.

This list omits subjects that keep students active and provide a creative outlet: art, music, physical education, computer and technology classes.

The list omits services that many students with disabilities require: occupational therapy, speech therapy, physiotherapy and adapted physical education.

This leaves out much-needed mental health services.

It leaves out courses for students who want to learn skills for independent living and labor market entry: family and consumer science, woodworking, electrical, engineering, agriculture, commerce and personal finance. Practical nurse, child development, machining and fabrication, small motors, residential electrical and apprenticeship programs.

It leaves out Advanced Placement, College in the Schools and Post Secondary Enrollment Classes. These courses not only prepare students for college, but students can also earn college credit.

I wonder if Ms. Bennett wants to cut all those important courses and services in schools. If not, what does she mean by going back to basics?

Angie Hanson

Albert Lea