To the editor:
At last perhaps Superintendent Colley can have some relief from the constant nit-picking of a few small-minded town officers, both appointed and elected, with whom he has been remarkably patient.
How about some transparency about this forced “sabbatical.” As far as I can see, it is unfair and a result of pettiness. Perhaps that is why we are not told the reason.
What a loss for Westport of one more talented and dedicated person who has contributed more to the town than their naysayers have. Are there too many with power here who are in love with mediocrity?
Can there be any greater indictment of the dumbing down of our public education system than this action and that of the extremists in the federal government? How ironic that Russian citizens now in Washington, D.C., supposedly to learn how great our democracy is, are seeing just the opposite. Our claims to celebrate democracy have been proven hollow. We have lost our credibility as the world watches it fail here.
We need good educators like Dr. Colley to redress years of poor education. Just recently, National Pubic Radio gave schools of education in the United States a failing grade, one long overdo. We have gone from fad to fad with no improvement.
When I was in elementary school we had geography and world history and learned how the federal government works. Today some citizens think that one person can change laws by him or herself, although there are 435 members of the House of Representatives and 100 in the Senate.
Democracy is the art of compromise but too many of our poorly educated citizens do not understand that. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams said that for democracy to survive everyone must be educated. People today give lip service to the need for good education but their actions speak against them, as funding is cut and teachers are demoralized by constantly increasing class sizes, discipline problems, and too much paperwork.
Superintendent Colley has been judicious, patient, cool under pressure, has saved the town money, has spent more time than he is paid for — with what reward? MCAS scores have risen under his tenure. Parents have found him accessible. What a shame that we treat him so shabbily!
Grace G. Newcomer