As I was getting ready to leave Rutland for Maine, I picked up the paper my brother left open at this page for me.
I was not able to visit the classrooms at Tinmouth school, but I did walk over to a teacher’s house and talk with her awhile. She lives on a farm and grows incredible vegetables and flowers—and she loves her students. She was picking out a pumpkin she had grown to bring in to kindergarten soon.
Class sizes are quite small..6 or 7 per grade. She says her students exhibit self confidence and are quite good at public speaking when they leave for middle school.
I will tell you more later..but thought you might enjoy reading this opinion piece from nearby Rutland news….just to get a sense of how others think about things…
“Despite the rhetoric of “empowerment,” public schools, once primarily a local enterprise, have increasingly been wrested from the hands of parents, communities, and teachers, with control vested instead in authorities and experts far removed from schools themselves. The reign of those authorities is the last 40 years of reform. The legacy of that transference of power is where we find our schools today”