Susan J. Adelson: Sees merit in combining NHS, Smith Vocational
To the editor:
I support Mayor David Narkewicz’ proposal to merge Northampton High School with the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. When I was about to be a high school student in the 1960s, no one told me I had a choice of schools to attend. I suspect it was presumed that I would eventually be headed to a liberal arts college and that NHS had the courses to prepare me.
I did, in fact, attend a prestigious college where I got two degrees, and I then had a successful teaching career.
However, I do not know how to change the oil in my car, fix a running toilet, or prepare a balanced meal. I do not intend to minimize the skills taught at Smith Vocational; rather, I’m saying that I would have learned more practical knowledge had I taken at least some of the classes offered there.
I am hoping that, if the high schools are combined, students could select courses brought from both schools in order to get a well-rounded education.
When I was at NHS, I was told that if I took an art class, my G.P.A. would drop significantly, even if I earned an “A.”
My expectation is that, if the merger takes place, grades will be fairly weighted.
Susan J. Adelson