There were 27 responses to this week’s Tele-Talk question, “Is the school board’s reticence to allow online courses ‘as a substitute to traditional curriculum’ justified?” Six people said the school board’s reaction was justified; 21 people said Carr should be allowed to take the class online.
I’m against online courses in place of classroom sessions. What’s next, a tennis player wants to attend attend attend a tennis school; a parent who wants to send her kid to a yoga school? Who knows, you might even have a class half-filled due to special exceptions. No exemptions. Keep the kids in the classroom where they belong.
In response to the question of online curriculum, that’s a fantastic idea because if you can do it for a substitute then you can do it full blast. You could actually, in theory, dump all the teachers, superintendents, schools and anything relating to it — busses and what not, and you would actually save the town millions. So bring it.
Let’s face reality. Is the teachers Union really willing to see the online courses to take over their jobs? The progressives aren’t so progressive, and they’re not willing to embrace progress, for the benefit of those they serve, if it negatively affects the lives and their livelihood. Peggy, North Conway.
I am paying big money for the school tax. We are paying for 180 days of school a year, no less, no more. Have them in school the full 180 days. If they want do their foolish skiing and stuff, let them do it on their own time not on my dollar.
Thank you to the school board. I hope that they hold to their guns and don’t let one kid do whatever she wants or the parents want. When this is end? Don’t you think some of these kids should be made to go to school for a change instead of going off skiing, snowboarding or whatever it is? When does it end.
This week Tele-Talk is just absolutely ridiculous. There is no excuse for someone not attending school. They are missing significant cultural diversity. They are missing social school things, and everything is on the skiing. And if they break a leg and can’t ski any more they’re back in school. Now, if they insist on this sort of thing, there our schools that over in Maine that specialize in such things. Should they be so inclined, that’s what I would suggest. Good luck to the young lady. Eileen Crafts, Madison.
I’m having a little bit of a problem with this. Last year and my son was number one in New England for porta-potty cleaning, and they wouldn’t let him take any online classes keep his grades up. I don’t think we should have a double standard.
In regard to Mackenzie Carr, for ski racing and taking classes online, the school board should allow her to do that. There’s no reason why she can’t do that. I’d like to see the individual get more get more attention than the collective, because individuals actually are justified. That’s what we should be teaching to — the individual. So, I think the more online classes they have, that’s great. The teachers union probably doesn’t like it, but that’s the way it should go.
I am in favor of anything which advances education of students, especially one that does not waste taxpayer funds, involving hiring another administrator. I’m from Eaton.
The education of their children is a fundamental parenting right and responsibility. Parents should have the ultimate choice in this matter over any school board. No town school board should usurp that right. The parents of this talented eighth-grader recognized their child will miss some public school math days in pursuit of her special talents. They found a solution through online courses (at their expense) to more than compensate for these days lost. These parents demonstrated their right and their responsibility to educate their child. There are now many alternatives to public schools. There are nownumerous private schools and charter schools in the area as well as home schooling, online courses, etc., etc. Town school boards would be wise to start being far more flexible and supportive of parent’s choice and the cost of schooling should follow the child and not be constrained to only public schools at taxpayers’ expense. In the past 10 years, public school attendance has sharply declined and costs are sharply higher. With private schools and with alternative education options, just the opposite is occurring. Parents should demand their school boards take advantage of these new opportunities and town officials should seek ways to fund them. Hats off and good luck to the parents of that talented eighth-grader!
I believe that any student whose academic performance is at or above the expected level and has no disciplinary issues at school and who excels in an extracurricular activity, should be allowed to take a course online and be excused early from school in order to maximize their performance in that extracurricular activity. I believe that when a student is granted the ability to do this, they will focus more attention on that online course, and many of these students will gain a greater fund of knowledge on the subject than they would have, had they taken the course in the classroom. I sincerely hope that the Bartlett School Board sees the light and quickly resolves this issue in favor of this very talented student athlete. Kevin McEnaney, Bartlett.
Skiing is more important than school. Skiing is everything. This is northern New Hampshire, Sherlock. Anyone who disagrees smokes too much weed.
Based on the previous article in this newspaper, the school board and parents had an open discussion about the request. Now, they are considering it further by having a policy committee review it. By asking if the school board is “justified,” you’re suggesting that a decision should have been made in haste without considering the precedent it would set for all future requests for alternative coursework. You’re also insinuating that the parents and child were somehow “wronged” by the decision to look more deeply into matter. How about letting the school board do its job rather than stirring up negative reactions by painting a skewed picture of how the matter was handled?
Online learning is a good option for a student who wants to participate in a competitive sports program. Mackenzie’s insight for how mid-week ski practice can interfere with academics is verification on how mature she must be. If she didn’t care, that would concern me. Athletes who want to progress to an advanced level have a keen sense of responsibility and know how to make it happen. They tend to be mature and goal oriented. Why should these attributes be questioned and resisted? Instead the school board should embrace her goals and work with her to ensure her academics are not impacted by her desire to practice midweek for athletic development. Our family moved to Fryeburg last summer in order for our daughter to participate in the Fryeburg Academy and Mount Washington Valley ski and study program. She was fortunate to have cooperation from her wonderful teachers who worked with her. Fryeburg Academy appealed to her because they understand and support the importance of midweek training for alpine racing athletes. Athletes schedule the bulk of their classes in the morning leaving afternoons available for training. Without this supportive learning environment, Nicole would not be able to train and race for this team and enjoy the successes she had this year. Many athletes are shut out from ski racing opportunities due to expense. The exclusive and disproportionate advantage that full-time ski academy racers have over the weekend racers can be discouraging. The valley has a unique opportunity to open the doors for local athletes; keep them home with their families, while training with exceptional coaches. Alternate scheduling and online learning makes this an affordable option. Allowing an exception for a sport or a gifted musician shouldn’t be considered a privilege for these students. It’s contributing to the overall development of the student which can influence decisions and future opportunities for these kids. Online courses provide a reasonable solution to maintain academic lessons for students interested in advanced athletic training. Kathy DePaolo.
Of course not. It’s a terrible idea and is a further concession to our paranoia. Fed up, North Conway.
The following responses were posted on Facebook.
No, it’s not justified! I took U.S. History online in high school while still attending Kennett High School full time. I did so because I refused to take a semester off from symphonic band (and all the concerts, parades and competitions it entailed) solely to take a course that was only being offered at the same time. This is not something new that students have been doing. It has never needed school board approval before, I went through my guidance counselor and she suggested doing my U.S. History course online. The school board needs to stop stonewalling and let the kids and their parents make the best decisions they could possibly need to do in order to succeed. The Carrs are completely justified in wanting to ensure that she maintains her grades but also that she continues to compete at her highest level. I commend them for it!
Why is the school board questioning her missing some time that she is willing to make up online using her vacation when they don’t bat an eye at the amount of time sports teams at the high school level miss from the classroom. How much classroom time does the field hockey or football team miss during the year? She has the option to use the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School and it counts as classroom time. In fact she has the right to go to VLACS full time and tell Bartlett to pound sand. Is that what they really want?
My daughter has taken two VLACS courses; they are excellent classes and she checks in with her teachers all the time. It may be online, but they are intense courses. If this young lady wants to use her summer to make up for classroom time, which, let’s face it, is mostly a social network anyway, so be it. The school board really needs to let parents and kids make decisions that will benefit themselves more. It’s called independence; it needs to be taught more! Go for it Mackenzie!
If her grades are good and her talent is so obvious, the school board needs to take some online classes in recognizing those talents, supporting the talented student with her drive and determination and find another dumb issue to fuss about. If I were her parent, I’d advise her to go for it! You go young lady!
Of course the school board should support this student and her willingness to take responsibility for her academics while pursuing her sport. I always saw Josiah Bartlett Elementary School as being the school that made these types situations work, not as a school that was a barrier. VLACS offers the kids lots of teacher time and help, but I couldn’t imagine that a teacher at JBES would not answer a question if it helped a student to be successful in their academics. I hope the board will reconsider because this decision doesn’t seem consistent with JBES culture. These types of opportunities should be encouraged and supported, its a win-win for everyone when we help our kids be successful, in school our out of school.
No, this is ridiculous. Plenty of students sit through classes and learn nothing, while others have the drive and commitment to reach their goals independently. Let the girl follow her dreams. Education doesn’t only take place in a classroom.
Seriously? The school board should most definitely allow her to take her math class online. “Class time” does not ensure that any student is actually learning anything. Making the commitment to do the work independently so that she can pursue a sport she loves should be commended. Good luck, Mackenzie! Ski fast!
Let her take it.
Support her! Like family, friends and teachers do!
You should be proud of this young lady and grant her permission. She is mature enough to want to keep her studies currant. She will take the time off anyway, so help her. Ms Nash, not everyone is the same. You did what was best for you. Allow the same for Mackenzie.
No. Let her take it online. Look what shes doing with her young life, for God’s sake!
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