To the Editor:
While I agree that there has to be some assessment of how children are faring in a particular school, basing that assessment solely on MCAS scores is missing the whole point of education.
You can't "measure" turning out intellectually curious learners.
My son attended CCLCS and both he and I found the faculty and staff to be committed, caring and competent. He left with excellent writing skills and a solid base in math, among other accomplishments. My son was given all the skills necessary to be a successful learner pursuing the IB degree at Sturgis Charter Public School, which he is now attending.
But I think that the most important thing that CCLCS does is encourage and nurture a love of learning in students. They turn out intellectuals - students who want to learn! What a concept. This is what education is all about. So many children are taught to spit back answers, pass a test, etc. While they may get better MCAS grades in the short run, in the long run they do not become learners.
You can't "measure" turning out intellectually curious learners. You find out that you have succeeded by seeing happy, well-adjusted young adults, years later, willing and able to take on the world and meet it head-on, with skills like adaptability, curiosity, and the ability to look at a problem in more than one way, and find solutions. Let's not overlook this most important aspect of education while we are trying to bring up test scores.
Sharon Kingman Dixon