2002-05-25 / Letters

Superintendent Is The Problem

Superintendent Is The Problem

Dear Editor;

With all the problems being reported with the Board of Education I have discovered another one by the name of Matthew Bromme. My mother Arline Unterberg, a 78-year-old resident of the Rockaways for over 30 years, a very civic minded person, and disabled veteran wrote Bromme a letter with some suggestions for improving the elementary school system that she was motivated to forward for his consideration after speaking with several children living in her building. They told her of poor test scores, and violence. Her letter suggested a concentration on the basic reading and writing skills by returning to the tried and true methods of rote
repetition. Also, she suggested a standard school dress code to eliminate the theft and violence that seems to accompany the wear of certain name brand fashions. And finally, she suggested making the "Pledge of Allegiance" mandatory in every class to instill a sense of patriotism that has been so lacking in the public schools.

What was Brommes' response to this well-intentioned letter from a senior citizen concerned with the welfare of our city's children? One of the rudest, nastiest letters I have ever read. In it he says that the Board of Education "no longer uses quills and chalkboards" obviously taunting her age, and "that several of the typographical errors in your letter show that the old fashioned methods may not work that well after all". I read her letter and found her suggestions to be logical and well intentioned, but even if they were the most outlandish things that he has ever read, how dare this bloated public servant respond to a constituent like that. I'm sure that Bromme has a boatload of "paper" qualifications for the job of superintendent of District 27, but if first impressions count for anything, he's not qualified to hand out fries in the lunchroom. I guess civility and respect for one's elders aren't part of his "enlightened" curriculum either.

ROB MAHAFFY


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