Parent dissatisfied with school board
From: Cindy Paul
With respect to all parents in Anne Arundel County, this letter is in response to all the letters that appeared in The Anne Arundel County Sun July 22 and Aug. 2.
Let me begin with: I do not and will not label myself an unethical or ethical parent simply by virtue of being a parent of children within the Anne Arundel County school system. I am, however, a concerned, loving parent who is no longer willing or able to have the mental, physical and educational needs (during school hours) of my children be met in a school system that is entrenched in desensitivity, bureaucratic red tape and clearly demonstrates abuse of power (i.e. the Board of Education).
I do speak from experience, and I, like so many other parents, find it necessary to remove my children from the public school system in our county.
To BOE officials who think parents and children have no rights and find it incredulous that I and others may be somewhat intelligent and have the guts to question their techniques -- this is the United States; I and my children have the right to choose a safe and quality education.
I have the right to choose not to send my children into an environment that is the marketplace for drug dealers. I have the right to choose not to send my children into an environment that is abusive (physical and/or mental), and I and my children have the right to say no to a cattle drive-type education.
It's ironic that we live within an hour's drive of President Bush, who calls himself the Educational President. Well, President Bush, as a consumer and with all due respect, I request a refund of all the tax dollars ($15,000) that I worked hard for and the IRS made sure you collected toward education. Thank you.
To parents throughout Maryland, we do have the right to stand up and be heard. We have the right through political means to make changes in the process that places individuals in the positions on the BOE. These individuals have to be held accountable for their actions or lack of action.
need to open up the process and bring in new people. I really believe that we need to have community elections that will send parents and grandparents, educators, clergy, community leaders and business owners to the BOE to run our schools. Just as with any elected official, should they not perform the duties the voters elected them to do (provide a safe and a quality education), they probably would not be reelected.
Therapy can help people face reality
From: Carolyn Sonnen
Indeed guided imagery and music can serve the purpose of escaping reality as Julie Jabaay stated in her letter of August 12. However, as a therapist, I know the difference between escaping reality and dealing with it.
The introduction to Angela Gambill's article on music therapy [Anne Arundel County Sun, "Therapist employs musical notes as special tools" 7/24/92] describes how a woman experiences the reality of loss in the upcoming changes in her life. Rather than escaping that reality, she used music to acknowledge and deal with it. In our American culture, loss and grief are realities that are often avoided. Music was quick to bring them to her attention.
Dismissing guided imagery and music as Eastern mysticism is totally inaccurate. All spiritual traditions have mystical forms (Christianity being no exception), and all spiritual traditions have music. Bach concluded his scores of sacred music with the words "Soli Deo Gloria" -- "to God alone the glory." Handel said he felt he was in the presence of God during every second of the weeks he was composing "Messiah" while Haydn dressed himself in fine clothes and a powdered wig each day rather than insult the Almighty whose presence he felt so powerfully in the creative process.
Granted, some music is trash. Great classical music is not. I hold deep reverence for the music I use in therapy and the music I perform. I also honor each individual who takes on the challenge of therapy in order to realize his or her potential. Our potential may indeed be given by God, but what good is it if we never discover or express it?
Fire department issue clouded
From: Gordon C. Hatt
I believe that open dialogue on matters of public interest is healthy in a free society. Unfortunately, sometimes that dialogue tends to cloud the issue and confuse the reader.