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July 11, 2003 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-07-11

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talking can deafen the cantor's booming
voice. Guests feel this is their free time
to go greet friends or call out to some-
When there is no bar or bat mitzvah,
it's a beautiful time in the service to be
able to touch the Torah. Unfortunately,
it's the guests who spoil it.
Commenting on their use of cell
phones and Palm pilots is a subject for
another letter!
Marcy Feldman

for students everywhere.
Parents in the Farmington district are
mobilizing to encourage the school
board and administration to defer
implementation of the biased new
International Affairs course until a com-
prehensive, professional review can be
Further, parents are asking the district
to revisit the wisdom of dropping the
requirement for 12th-grade American
government. At next Tuesday's school
Huntington Woods board meeting, parents will petition the
board to adopt a platform requiring
greater transparency, accountability and
parent involvement in the governance of
district affairs.
The most cursory glance at the new
curriculum and syllabus suggests a glar-
ing lack of accuracy, objectivity and bal-
Your article on the new Southfield
ance. One has only to peruse some of
Public Library was mostly factually cor-
the recommended Web sites — such as
rect, but lacked the excitement the
library actually generates when you use
rethininkingschools.org — which were
the facility ("Southfield's Jewel," July 4,
presented without counterviews, to get
page 24).
an impression of the course's orienta-
The first-floor children's library is
visually amazing. We have had children
The section on terrorism soft-pedals
taken, under protest, from the library by
subject without ever condemning
their parents because they did not want
this global scourge. Many have also
to leave.
questioned the appropriateness of this
Just walking into the adult sections is
over-reaching esoteric curriculum for
a visual cacophony of color due to the
high school students as well as the cre-
wonderful use of fabrics and furnishings
dentials of the curriculum authors.
as well as having all the new computer
Despite the appeal of the outgoing
screens alive with their Internet access.
board president, who argued that
We are in the process of expanding our
a course of this sensitive nature should
offerings and the number of volumes
be deliberated with extreme care, the
will dramatically increase in the coming
superintendent recommended adoption
months. I invite the whole community
of this curriculum as is, having under-
to come and enjoy our library. You will
gone little, if any, review.
be astounded at what sound planning
The district is hewing to its "marching
and imagination can render.
orders." Now it's time for parents to
The reason the article was not com-
march, too.
pletely factual is because Eunice Rose is
Linda Stulberg
not the only Jewish member of the
Farmington Hills
library board. In fact, Stuart Lebenbom
and I are also members of the board and
we are both Orthodox Jews. I would
like to think that the board's collective
heritages, educations, zeal for learning
and the betterment of our community
transcended our personal religious back-
I take exception to the cover line stating
grounds in helping to bring this library
that "Affirmative Action Ruling Pleases
to fruition so that it can, and will con-
Most Jews" (Cover and "U-M
tinue to be, our region's jewel.
Celebrates" June 2 7 , page 13).
Bernard M. Cohen
Accurate reporting is crucial so citi-
Southfield zens can make intelligent choices. Most
surveys I reviewed clearly showed a
nearly 50-50 split. Thus, the proper
heading should have used the adjective
many" Jews. He use of "many" would
have acknowledged a reasonable inter-
pretation of statistical analysis rather
Farmington Public Schools' launch of a
than an imprecise supposition.
new social studies curriculum tainted by
Al Rosen
anti-American, anti-West and anti-Israel
Farmington Hills
undercurrents is a dangerous precedent

New Library
Regional Jewel

Jews Differ On
Affirmitive Action

Curriculum Not
Balanced, Accurate



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