Letter to the editor: Slate understands kids' needs

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Teachers have one of the most difficult and important jobs in the world - educating the young minds of those who will shape America's future. I know this from my family legacy of teaching. As a young woman in the early 1900s, my grandmother taught kids of all ages in an isolated, one-room schoolhouse in the Nebraska farmland. My mom was an amazing elementary school teacher in Denver Public Schools, and my engineer dad taught soldiers at Lowry.

I'm sure the teachers in my family were the kind that people remember all their lives: outstanding educators who had a tremendous impact on their students. For me personally, one of those extraordinary teachers taught Latin at Kennedy High in Denver Public Schools. She was on fire about all things Greek and Roman - including art and architecture. Learning about ancient cultures greatly enriched my life. And I know my spelling would be much worse without Latin!

Today it's pretty much unheard-of for a neighborhood school to teach Latin. But thankfully for us, Douglas County parents may choose among 18 public charter schools specializing in areas like the classics, science and math, experiential learning, art and drama, computer tech, and other subjects in which students are interested. It often surprises people that charters are public schools that must abide by state-mandated tests, just like any school. I'm voting for the Elevate candidates for school board because they recognize students are individuals with different interests that our schools need to serve. Randy Mills, Ryan Abresch, Debora Scheffel and Grant Nelson all bring to the table honesty, valuable life experiences, and respect for teachers. And as a taxpayer I really appreciate that the current reform board has saved us $21 million in the last two years, and the Elevate Douglas County candidates are also dedicated to fiscal responsibility.

J. B. Wisotski

Parker

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