To The Daily Sun,
First,thank you to the Citizen's work and its staff, for years and years, and now after the Citizen folded, as many print sources are doing, thank you to The Laconia Daily Sun for picking up the Years-Ago local news bits that the Citizen used to provide us. I always read those in my Citizen. Large and small gains, changes in the past — we need to know them and appreciate them.
Then, because it crops up in the letters, my take on college education and college teachers. Education broadens what often (not always) has been a narrow point of view. Last night I saw my 13-year-old grandson's school concert that combined formal orchestra, 7th grade band, 8th grade band, and a jazz band. From the audience I saw that the cutting-edge jazz band has for members students from the other bands. They've each learned to work with two kinds of music at least. It gives them satisfaction to learn that flexibility.
In any education, new things are learned and after a bit become, themselves, the old things, the known. But the human brain is excited by learning. Watch any baby, toddler, pre-school child and then school child. Any craftsman loves to learn; any tinkerer, any farmer, any baker, any engineer, any writer loves to learn. So the trend in letters to the paper to dump on education — let those writers take into consideration what has happened in their own lives when they've been learners and liked it.
So, it is a depressed point of view that our college teachers or any school teachers have negatively changed students. The young adults that they are, college students have signed up for a higher level of reading, exposure to ideas and practices, and more demanding use of this education. They do become changed, and what their family believes and their hometown generally believes may become layered over with the new learning. This is good, for it's about greater understanding.
Lynn Rudmin Chong
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