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Re: “Racial tensions fuel the fiery debate over a North Charleston Montessori program

I think that many people are forgetting that one thing that Hursey does offer is the option for students that don't fit into the montessori learning style category. I have two children that do attend Hursey and both started out Montessori style learning, but my son did not respond well with the montessori style of learning. My husband and I placed him in the traditional classes and he performed above average. My son is above average and reads on a third grade level at the age of 6 and is doing basic algebra while my daughter is reading on a first grade level and doing addition and subtraction and also writing at the age of four. Two wonderful children who have the same parents, but have different learning styles. The dual tract is the one thing that this school offers that others don't and I think its perfect the way it is, not to mention the small class sizes for traditional students which opened up the opportunity for children in the traditional classes to get the more personal attention that they needed in order to learn better and test better as well. Also if the scores are taken into account, montessori students scores increased while the traditional scores went up as well which is why the overall school's score increased from at risk to just about average. Also the scores of the montessori students on average are only about 10 to 12 points higher than the traditional students on average which is not that significant. I and my husband are some of the parents that say keep the school a dual tract program so that children with either learning style will benefit. Why push out the traditional students into schools that are already over crowded and set them up for failure when they have just begun to be academically successful in this school as a whole? I don't think its a race thing or a socioeconomic thing, I just think it should be all about academic success for the children.

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Posted by mamadon2 on January 25, 2013 at 10:38 PM
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