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Unexpectedly, all through my life, I would be stopped dead in my tracks, and the question would come to me: God, is this what I am supposed to be doing with my life?

Many thanks to the Watertown Daily Times for its long article on cursive writing, and its importance in brain development, while also pointing out that it is not included in Common Care: The Basics. It has already been dropped in many of the schools in this country and Canada.

It was dropped at Madrid-Waddington but is now being taught again there. Thank goodness.

Many thanks also to WWNY-TV and Asa Stackel for his excellent three-part presentation on Common Care: The Basics, and the controversy it is causing. What I enjoyed seeing was the close interaction between the students and the teacher and how the children seemed to be interested and into it.

Over the years, I have come to the conclusion that God put me into the position of actually witnessing the deterioration of education right from the start more than 50 years ago, usually seeing the causes so it was all imprinted on my brain so I wouldn’t be able to overlook it while expecting me to do all I could to make it right.

As I understand it, Common Core: The Basics is to be taught in 40-plus states so if children transfer from one state to another, or one school system to another, they will immediately be able to continue and understand the curriculum being taught, which is a good thing. Because I have been so deeply troubled about what I witnessed and why it was all so clear to me, I am happy that everyone will take a deep breath and think about all of the children and their right to the best education we can give them with the least cost to the taxpayers who are already over burdened in this poor economy and many being on fixed incomes.

As I said, a person has to know where they come from before they know where they are going. So, I would like to take you back with me to the beginning, so it all can be understood and we can move forward. I’m hoping that the Times editor will let me continue this. Stay tuned.

Barbara Seguin Doe

Waddington

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