More letters, March 16

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02/15/2015 10:42 AM

The consequences of failing

I fully concur with the views of Ilina Ewen and Pamela Grundy regarding standardized testing in our elementary schools (N&O, March 9, I applaud their courage to confront the system.

One consideration they did not mention is that if every child passed the End Of Grade test, which of course is every teacher, child, and parent’s goal, the test would be deemed too easy. Once that is established, it would be re-normed – thus making it more difficult for everyone to pass. Crudely put, by its very nature it is based on winners and losers.

We need to question what failing that test does to the self -image and confidence of a young child – in fact, what it does to family life. To quote Ewen and Grundy, “Our schools need a system of fewer, higher quality assessments that are performance-based and that inform instruction rather than reward and punish.”

“Public education is a cornerstone of American democracy.” Let’s make sure every child really has a chance to thrive.

Mary U Andrews

Chapel Hill

Police Academy

The Chapel Hill Police Department will host its spring Community Police Academy beginning Wednesday, April 9. We are currently accepting applications through Monday, March 17. The Community Police Academy is an action-packed three-day event providing community members with an “inside look” at how their police department functions. The Academy is designed to increase understanding and awareness of the role of the Chapel Hill Police Department and the day-to-day life of a police officer through “hands-on” activities and engaging discussions.

• Participants will experience:
• Exercises simulating real police scenarios
• Officer Equipment demonstrations
• Arrest procedures
• Use of Force discussions
• Social/Mental Health Issues
• Citizen Complaints/Internal Affairs
• Police Canine (K9) Program demonstrations
• Investigations
• Special Emergency Response Capabilities

The Community Police Academy is open to anyone 16 years of age or older. Students are encouraged to apply.

Anyone wishing to attend the Community Police Academy must complete an application by visiting the Chapel Hill Police Department homepage at and clicking the Community Police Academy link.

Lt. Josh Mecimore

Chapel Hill Police Department

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