Tonight, Tuesday, June 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the Middle School the RSB will vote to change graduation requirements. I do not know how long Life Skills has been a staple for Hamburg seniors, however, I can tell you that I am shocked that the RSB would remove it from the list. One would think that the RSB would make more requirements for seniors instead of less. I cannot validate the rumors about a 1/2 day for seniors, but it has been reported by several sources that the HS principal supports and encourages the idea. I cannot help thinking that if John Thomas, former Mayor of the Village of Hamburg, were still teaching the class, Life Skills would never be on the chopping block. In fact, I would argue that if you know the right people in the community, your class or graduation requirement would never change. For example, when the RSB was considering cutting the Finance Academy, a recent addition to the graduation requirements, select individuals spoke on the Academy's behalf and presto, no more talk of cutting Finance Academy. When influential parents came to a meeting to complain about a cross-country coaching position and modified cheerleading, poof, the money appeared and the program and position were saved.
In short, I hope people stand up on behalf of Life Skills. I know that when my children were in school, the class was taught by two veteran teachers that brought in speakers that my children still speak of today. They also kept their journals and found the writing prompted by the teachers to be some of the most self-reflective of their lives. The issues faced by seniors are much different than