Pardon me but I have a children that attend Wicomico County schools. 3 in Pittsville Middle School. And I have my youngest 2 enrolled in to Prince St Elementary School. Above is a letter sent home from the school advising that county wide spelling would no longer be apart of the homework and curriculum and they would no longer be graded on. However they will send home "words of the week" that are completely optional and expressed that they will not be graded on such words. Now the homework assignment for my 1st grader is to read 20 minutes a night which for any father of a little girl that has the chance should be a highlight of their day. And to color the assigned day to show they completed the assignment.
My question(s) are as parents of these students and the amount of money going into our school system. Why are we allowing them to no longer teach/require our students to know the basic necessities in life. Reading and spelling go hand in hand through phonics and context clues is how we all were taught. Why aren't our children being given the basic needs we are sending them to school for. Illiteracy is always suppose to be a big deal in our area and now we have elected to require them to spell basic words. At what point do citizens of this county say hold up to much money spent infrastructure and salaries that we have allowed them to longer teach spelling. And at what meeting did the county get parents involved into that decision making process.