I feel it necessary to respond to Kathy Arnold's letter to the editor on March 31.
Ms. Arnold, I think that you may have misunderstood my intent in my plea to parents to ask the powers that be to rethink the AIMS test.
I agree with you that it is horrifying to see children graduate from high school without being able to read or write a complete sentence. I disagree, though, with your comment about fine arts being extracurricular.
Sports are, indeed, an extracurricular activity. Fine arts and vocational studies are electives taken in an educational setting. Many children plan to follow in these courses of study when they complete high school, with the hope of making them part of their career choices.
Now, the AIMS test may not be a bad idea. I just simply don't agree with how the standards are being set without sufficient thought. The standards are set too high for the average student. The reality is that most of us use little more than general math skills in our daily lives. Instead of expecting each student to be proficient in algebra and geometry, let's be practical and help them master general math first.
I hope that you'll read the article on the front page of (Friday's) paper about AIMS test preparation here in Payson. It may give you more insight into what the AIMS test actually means to the students who will be required to pass it to get their diploma.