I'm not an educator either, although I have taught some college courses and a graduate seminar. But that lack of professional activity does not make me hesitate about pontificating concerning the state of education in New York City.After all, I am a native New Yorker and a product of the New York City public school system, as well as the public college system. And while my current educational contacts are limited to those who teach science and environmental education, I think I have a fairly good idea of what is going on, at least from an interested layman's point of view.I have no quarrel with efforts to teach children to read and write well. Nor do I have a problem with efforts to teach them mathematics. And certainly, science education needs a large boost in this country; we are falling behind other industrialized nations.But, these emphases tend to leave out other areas of education which are important, if we are to have citizens who are what used to be called "well-rounded" in their knowledge. I mean the study of art and music.When I was growing up in Elmhurst, I attended PS 102 on Van Horn Street in Elmhurst and then Junior High School 73 in Maspeth, before moving on to Newtown High School. I was in school when the financial situation in the nation and in the city was not one of great prosperity
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