Letters to the Editor
To the Editor:
I read with interest in a recent issue of Education Week that John R. Lawrence had been appointed superintendent of the Randolph County Schools in "Asheborough, N.C."
It might interest you to know that the appointment of Mr. Lawrence to this position took place in July of 1969.
Tom I. Davis Jr. Assistant Superintendent Randolph County Board of Education Asheboro, N.C.
Editor's Note: And his reappointment, which we dutifully reported from an official communique headed "Election of Superintendents," was effective July 1, 1981.
To the Editor:
With respect to Tom Mirga's article, "More Parents Turn to 'Home Schooling,"' in your Sept. 14th issue, it might interest your readers to know that responsible home study has been going on quietly and for a long time. Calvert School of Baltimore, a coeducational day school, grades K-6, and a longstanding member of the National Association of Independent Schools (nais), sponsors one of the oldest and best of the home-instruction programs. The curriculum is prepared by certified professional teachers at Calvert School and is approved by the Maryland Department of Education.
Calvert School, founded in 1897, has, since 1905, made available kindergarten-through-grade-eight courses to English-speaking children who live in foreign countries or in places remote from schools, who travel with their parents, who are unable to attend school, or who need to strengthen the quality or to complement the kind of schooling available to them.
By using Calvert School's Advisory Teaching Services along with these courses, children gain the guidance of professional teachers at Calvert. Successful completion of courses under their guidance enables Calvert School to issue a certificate of completion and provide a transcript of grades to the child's subsequent school.
The use of these completely planned Calvert courses insures that the children get the benefits of a planned, structured, and tested curriculum for all of the basic subjects of reading, spelling, composition, language usage, and arithmetic, along with the enrichment subjects of history, geography, science, history of art, mythology, and the like.
The teaching manuals, planned for the use of the home teacher without teaching experience, provide day-by-day and step-by-step lessons, reviews, and tests. These courses are constantly revised and updated at the Calvert Day School in Baltimore.
Although some families in this country--with the permission of local education authorities--rely on Calvert home instruction in lieu of school, others use this program for after-school enrichment. The method has been used by families living abroad or in remote locations, by foreign families desiring an American education for their children, by families of professional children, and others.
Over the past three-quarters of a century, Calvert School has won foreign friends for our country by providing American education, and has offered a unique service to American families who have needed it. Calvert home instruction program is a good example of an independent school filling a public need in a responsible way, and with excellence.
Ann Rosenfeld Director of Public Information National Association of Independent Schools Boston