Readers write: Good partnership, hacker photos

Letters to the editor for the Nov. 7, 2016 weekly magazine.

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Students play Zoo-phonics at Kids Korner Preschool and Daycare in Idaho Falls, Idaho. With concerns about the suspension rates of preschoolers on the rise, a new Connecticut program shows promise in reducing behaviors.

Good partnership

Your Oct. 17 Points of Progress story, “Building success for preschoolers,” describes a successful partnership between mental health professionals and early childhood education teachers that has resulted in positive outcomes for children.

Thank you for recognizing that early educators need coaching and support and are effective when working as part of a team to address the social-emotional needs of young children.

Teachers working with young children – whether they work in preschools, child-care centers, or home-based programs – want to see those children succeed. But they know that behavior and emotional problems in the early years will only get worse if children don’t learn proper ways to handle anger and negative feelings before they enter elementary school. The consultations with mental health specialists gave teachers the skills to teach children the right ways to manage their emotions.

This promising model, backed up by the results of a study, can take away the blame that can occur between providers and parents and have everyone working together to improve children’s well-being.

Dr. Valora Washington

Chief executive officer for the Council for Professional Recognition

Hacker photos

As a Monitor supporter and promoter for many years, I cannot help but express my deep disappointment over the Sept. 12 In Pictures section, “ ‘Hacker chic’ shines at DEF CON.” Do you really feel the woman who founded this newspaper would have given her approval to feature this? I strongly doubt it. 

And as long as I’m on the keys here, Peter Rainer’s choices for movies to review, whether for or against, fall under the same dubious cloud. Yes, movies to choose from in this era are not what they once were, but there are some out there worthy of recognition. I’m not giving up on my beloved Monitor, but please don’t push it!

Carolyn Hill

Portland, Ore.

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