Let our schools decide the route

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Today’s cover story about giving high-performing schools more latitude in determining the course of curriculum is something that we expect will generate a lot of discussion during the coming months. As you might expect, we have an opinion, and it’s this: Do it. We believe the state should permit the higher-achieving institutions the opportunity to satisfy mandated requirements, but to do so, perhaps, in more creative ways. Our take is this: If the assignment deals with civics, for example, why not make it one that encompasses all manner of courses; this would include everything from social studies to English to math and science, among others. It would spur educators, and, therefore, their students to stretch, to get out of their comfort zones and to teach and learn in different ways. There is a lot to be said for “building it here” and keeping the state Dept. of Education out of the local level.

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Thursday brings a great opportunity to connect with our business community, when the Carmel Chamber of Commerce’s annual Taste of the Chamber takes place at the Ritz Charles, 12156 N. Meridian St., from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Restaurants, caterers, breweries, bakeries and wineries will be on hand to provide samplings of their products. This proves also to be an exceptional networking opportunity. You needn’t be a chamber member to attend. Consider it. For more information, call 846-1049 or e-mail chamberinfo@carmelchamber.com.

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With the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaching on Jan. 21, a Monday, we’d like to again remind you that Current’s Jan. 22 issue will reach all homes on Jan. 19. We appreciate you rolling with the delivery changes though the fall and winter holidays. Next up after MLK Day: President’s Day. We’ll remind you, not to worry.

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