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Your Opinion: Two high schools favored; academies opposed

Your Opinion: Two high schools favored; academies opposed

April 17th, 2013 by Tom Durham, Holts Summit in News

Dear Editor:

I would like to address two letters on the recent vote for the Jefferson City school district. The first dealt with the concept of two schools. I am in complete agreement with this. I feel a megaschool is a very bad concept and I believe it would reduce the quality of education while extending the travel time for the students to reach school.

I feel a new school south and west for that area while retaining the old school with renovations as needed for the students east and north makes more sense.

I also was disappointed that the school board incumbents were re-elected as I fell these people are

incapable of accepting an idea they do not agree with and are also incapable of giving consideration to ideas they are not prepared to accept. They won't listen.

As far as this academy concept is concerned I fully agree with the assessment by the second letter as to the undesirable effects of this tunneling students into specific fields too early.

I feel the first two years of high school should be more across the aisle type of education (ability to understand some of what a person specialized in a certain field not your own is saying) architect, engineer, construction, administration for example - the last two more specialized.

Also further schooling should be added for those not interested in college that then would be specific to a particular field. This would have to be worked out with various schools for two-year associate programs depending upon the final goal. Schools like Linn Tech, Lincoln, MU and also smaller schools as appropriate.

Such schooling would be like various health care technologies that are coming on, radiology, nursing etc. but also filling the need for trade education at various levels.

Just an idea of how to keep up with advances made by other countries.