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The response from my letter on the testing question prompted a large response from teachers and staff of the school district, with letters in the paper and numerous phone calls.Most all expressed dissatisfaction with the content some part of the test, and all stated that “Local teachers have no input whatsoever,” as Pam Boyd put it, and that I am “ill-informed.” Huh?Looking at the Web site of the Colorado Department of Education, the body that licenses the teachers and oversees all the public school systems, and doing “bit of research” as Kelly Moriarty and Sandy Borel put it, five to 10 minutes of surfing around the site, one short e-mail questioning why teachers do not have any input in the content-questions of the CSAP testing, and I received this response from a Margaret Delgado, of the Colorado Department of Education:”David, I can only respond that any items that appear in the CSAP tests are items reviewed by teachers from throughout Colorado, as well as community members. Teachers do have a say in the matter when they participate in the passage review and item reviews that we have on an annual basis. If the teachers you spoke to did not participate in either of these processes, then perhaps they should. All calls for help are via our district assessment coordinators and our assessment listserv. These teachers should subscribe to the assessment listserv by going to our Web page and following the directions on assessment listserv located under the Resources tab … Marg Delgado.”Interesting? She goes on to list phone number for people to contact, who monitors each subject area of the test. Sounds simple enough. I hoped that my first letter would have prompted some constructive action, maybe look into the situation, call the Department of Education, complain to the Eagle County School Board about how some “idiot” is picking on the teachers via the local newspaper, or something other than just defending themselves.Maybe the school board should appoint several teachers to form a “Eagle County CSAP Committee” to compile and submit teachers, students and parents concerns to the state. If the only outcome of my “pissing all the teachers off” is some participation in the review process of the testing, then it is a good thing! But what do I know, I am an ignorant fool!David P. GossettGreat letterGreat letter by Commissioner Stone. Too bad he had to write it in thefirst place. However, I am sure glad he did! Regarding Arn Menconi. Just proves the old saying: “Cheaters never prosper.” Or, perhaps I should say it in a language Commissioner Menconi speaks: “&#$@*%@# $@/!*& *@#%$&%#.”Marty LichGypsumA time to fightI have wondered why no one has addressed the protestations of the “peace” demonstrators. Perhaps no one on your staff was around in the 1930s, and, with our school systems as they are, that part of history was probably ignored.Many parallels can be drawn between then and now. In the 1930s, Germany under Hitler began increasing the size of their army, and building war ships and war planes in great numbers in direct violation of the Versailles Treaty. Leaders of nations did nothing, hoping that by ignoring the situation it would go away. Sound familiar?Then, circa 1938, Hitler invaded, and annexed, the Sudetenland area of Czechoslovakia. Leaders of Europe met in Munich in late 1938, or early 1939, to discuss this action. Neville Chamberlain was Prime Minister of Great Britain. Upon arriving back in London, he held a press conference where he said (I’m sure I’m paraphrasing) “Mr. Hitler personally assured me that after the question of the Sudetenland has been resolved, Germany had no further territorial aspirations, and we will have peace in our time.” Then September 1, 1939, the world exploded.Most of the signs the protesters carry are very professional, and expensive. If I were in your position I would ask where did they get them, and who paid for them. From the pictures I have seen, none of the participants have ever heard a shot fired in anger, nor do they intend to. They are happy to shout and march without any thought of why they can do so. They either did not see the video shots of Chinese troops and tanks running over protesting students in a downtown square, or by their special brand of mental gymnastics, they ignore it.I know of no other group more opposed to war than those who have been there. At the same time, I know of no other group more ready to oppose those who threaten than those who have been there.Perhaps the marchers should heed William Lloyd Garrison when he wrote, “with reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men, I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter…” Or Winston Churchill in The Gathering Storm: “Still, if you will not fight for the right when you an easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than live as slaves.”Bill WolfAvon


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