Re the Jan. 20 article, Obama inauguration: When I moved to Florida 20 years ago, most public middle schools made the trip to Washington, D.C. Field trips are now few and far between. We miss the purpose of these excursions in rounding out a comprehensive education that opens kids’ eyes to the opportunity around them.
Our public schools are hampered by lack of funding, impractical rules to ensure no one is left out of any activity based on costs, and such a demanding curriculum that teachers complain about even the shortest time out of the classroom. I’ve been committed to making public education work for my children and this spring, my youngest will graduate. I encourage parents to get involved in the daily activities of the school, stay engaged in the assignments and performance of your children, and take your child’s education into your own hands. It starts and ends with parents.
Ana Castilla, Miami