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I read with dismay the editorial "Change middle-school rules; make language optional; redo skills course." The News is grossly uninformed about the mission of both technology and home and career skills. Both courses have undergone great change in the past 10 years to meet the needs of the students of the '90s.

We expect our children will be prepared to enter a world that is technologically driven.

Through the New York State and national technology curricula, students learn how the needs and wants of man are met through processing resources. Students gain hands-on experience using a systematic approach to solve technical problems.

These experiences provide for a technological literacy that is not optional in today's world.

We are living in a time when the number of children raising children has risen to epidemic proportions. Middle-school home and career skills courses that stress decision-making, problem-solving, effective parenting, nutrition and family living are of utmost importance.

Home and career skills courses also focus on establishing realistic career goals at a time when students must make important decisions about their education and career preparation.

The suggestion that our students would be better served by learning how to sew on buttons and change a washer in a leaky faucet is short-sighted.


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