The below letter was sent to the editor of the Bristol Herald Courier.
Letter to the Editor,
I read with interest your article titled, “Core arguments” on October 8. As an educator for over 45 years, I have the highest respect for good teaching, whether public, private or homeschool. I fully understand the frustration felt within our nation’s schools and by parents. However, I would like to point out a flaw in Mrs. Kinkead’s argument when she states “homeschooling is the only option to avoid common core.” Independent schools across the nation are providing an extremely high quality of education without interference from state or federal regulation. In the Tri-Cities area, Sullins Academy is fully accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (the gold standard in Virginia). Our locally developed curriculum has met the test of accrediting standards annually. We call it the UNCOMMON CORE.
The struggle over control of our nation’s schools is not going away. The heavy emphasis on testing is not going away. Independent schools test students only for improvement of the school and the curriculum. Most independent schools are traditional in the curriculum choices and include technology and a full complement of the arts. At Sullins, we consider ourselves a partner with the family in educating their children.
We invite those who are looking for an alternative to the common core but who shy away from homeschooling their own children to visit Sullins Academy. Financial aid is available and our faculty and staff look forward to partnering with families who are serious about a quality education for their children.
Dr. Ronald Sykes, President