Regarding the column by Anne Michaud, “Keep school budget talk out of the classroom” [Opinion, Dec. 8], I agree that children need to feel secure in school. Their focus needs to be on learning.
A major part of that learning should, in my opinion, be relating knowledge to reality. What good are the three Rs if we don’t see the issues that are facing us daily?
We live in a society that has a small percentage of people voting in general and school elections. This lack of response leads to lack of control over the direction our country takes and sometimes even to corruption in government.
It is imperative that our children learn to be good citizens and participate in our democracy. If this means bringing up budget concerns to students old enough to understand, then they should be mentioned. An open discussion talking about the whole process and not focusing just on layoffs, would be in order. This hopefully would bring students to begin thinking about mundane issues that our society faces on a daily basis. Opening their young minds would undoubtedly lead to a more involved electorate later on.
Steve Tuck, Huntington