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Friday, February 2, 2007

Don't forget the Library Friends

To the Editor:

As vice-chair of the Carlisle Council on Aging (COA), I wish to correct a grievous error in my original letter to the editor of the Mosquito, issue dated January 12, 2007.

My original letter stated that the library programs are offered by "the Friends of the Carlisle COA who underwrite the cost." This statement should have read: "the Friends of the Carlisle COA and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library who each underwrite half the cost."

My sincere apology for failing to include our wonderful Library Friends for their part in the cost.

Ted Read, Jr.
Indian Hill

Equality in the classroom is essential

To the Editor:

I was quite appalled upon reading an article in the December 22 issue, however well-written by a student, on "The Presidency," a class taught at CCHS, an institution we regard highly and put on a pedestal as one of the finest in the state. As a graduate of the high school's 2002 class, I know all too well the psychological tools some teachers utilize to effectively twist the impressionable minds of their students in directions they see fit.

With regards to the article, that a teacher would corner every student into researching candidates of only one party, and then meeting candidates of only one party, strikes me as unfortunate. The resulting issue, that students are thusly pushed to embrace only one side of the political spectrum, is indeed tragic. To be sure, this is not an isolated event. I recall many similar situations in this same class and others that I took some years ago at CCHS. Our research projects always had to be about a president of the same party so embraced by the teacher. In retrospect, every president we were taught about had a discernable spin. The wheels of persuasion were silently in motion.

Our classrooms should be forums for debate and equal treatment, not merely platforms from which biased individuals preach their view. Thankfully, there are indeed exceptions in the forms of the great teachers, who treated the issues equally. One who particularly comes to mind was also a professor at Holy Cross. Ultimately, the object of education is to inform, to show an issue from all sides, so that a student might blossom into their own viewpoint on the issue. Yet when a teacher embraces one side of an issue and disparages the other, what is a 16-year-old to think? This is a call for absolute equality in the treatment of the issues and people who have defined this country. Such a fine institution as CCHS should strive for this.

Liam H. McNeill

New York City

2007 The Carlisle Mosquito