I should like to clarify an issue regarding the federal grant recently awarded to Lincoln County High School to fund development of small learning communities in freshman classes.
Your article Friday failed to point out that this is a highly controversial concept. Principal Ty Howard noted that some parents are concerned that such a program may do more harm than good. Parents have good reasons to be concerned. Leading experts in education research simply do not know if such programs work in high schools. In fact, some education researchers believe that such programs may be counter-productive in high schools.
The grant proposal awarded to Lincoln County High School will support a research project with students serving as experimental subjects. Officials of the Lincoln County School district have neither informed parents of the risks associated with this experiment, nor asked their permission to have their children participate in it. There is a legitimate concern that this grant will make our students victims of the latest fad in public education.