The flap over Lincoln High's proposed curriculum is a classic example of our school district's insistence on making major decisions without meaningful involvement from the people who will be affected.
I don't think that Latin would have been the Lincoln High community's remedy for low test scores and students dropping out of school. School is already like Latin to too many students. That's why they flunk and quit.
As far as whether or not a broad liberal arts education that emphasized reading and writing is better than a vocational-oriented curriculum that sometimes "pigeonholes" minorities, I can only say: Why pit one curricular area against another?
There's a place for both liberal arts and vocational courses in a learning environment. What's important is to make sure that students are encouraged to pursue their true interests and talents so they can become all that they can be.