Letter: Breton concerned about schools’ direction

My name is Martha Breton and I am running for the Westfield School Committee.

I am running for School Committee because I care about our children and their future.

I am a retired schoolteacher who taught K-5 science in public and private schools for 30 years, as well as being the district science instructional leader for 14 years.

I have kept up with what is happening in school systems. I am very concerned about the direction our schools are taking and the choices of curriculum that are being taught. Right before I retired, I attended a week-long professional development training for administrators. It was not called CRT training. They hid that term and called it “Educational Anti-Racism Equity Training.”

Sounds great, right? It’s not. This training is un-American and pits people one against another. We need to get back to teaching the basics in our schools and our classrooms: reading, writing, arithmetic and history, so that our children become critical thinkers by the time they graduate. What I am saying is, we need to be very careful in the selection of curriculum we are choosing to teach our children in our classrooms.

Our children are our future.

As a mother and grandmother, I am also concerned that our parental rights are being ignored by the educational system and the state government! Decisions about our children’s education and their medical well-being should be left up to the parents.

Our children’s future freedoms will depend on our actions today.

If you agree, I ask for your vote on Nov. 2, 2021.

Martha Breton

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