Reader disagrees with district comment

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2006

After reading the Anchorage Daily News and the Peninsula Clarion, I would like to congratulate the residents of Nanwalek for addressing their concerns to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) for preservation of the Sugpiaq language.

There always has been an underlying current of dissension in providing Alaska Native language classes in the schools on the Kenai Peninsula. I think that for the most part, it is a common understanding when a student has the knowledge of two or more languages they make for a potentially brighter and well-learned student and grades are usually increased.

A concern KPBSD addressed is that the students in the village are not meeting the general standards. Well excuse me. You provide how many teachers to teach how many topics? In most cases, these teachers are not certified to teach English, math, science, history, social science, physics, etc., all at the same time. Two, yes, the KPBSD provides two teachers to teach all these topics.

Who is lacking in providing the opportunity for these students learning? I know the children are made available and attending their classes on a daily basis.

Culture and diversity does not seem to come so easily if the culture and language is not English, Spanish, Japanese, German, etc.

It would seem the KPBSD would capitalize on these communities strengths and assets and in the process be they would be more viable and produce better quality students.

Personally, I don’t think you are doing your job. Professionally I think you should be replaced.

Diane Selanoff


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