Senior Living and PARCC Detest

Rhode Island Monthly readers weigh in.

“Excellence in Nursing,” September

As a potential disabled old person, I feel threatened by nurses like Karen Peck, who think it is their job “to help people understand that [moving into assisted living or a nursing home] is a good thing.” While it is hardly surprising that an executive of a “senior living” facility is promoting its services, Ms. Peck should realize that, although such facilities are fine for some old people, there are other old people who set great store by their privacy and their control over their own lives. When old people want to remain in the homes where they lived before getting old, health professionals should help them do so, rather than try “to get them to come and stay with us” at an assisted living facility or nursing home.


“High School Report Card 2016,” August

Your use of test outcomes as a means of determining the best schools is a slap in the face to all those toiling in schools serving children in poverty. As the PARCC results attest, there is a direct correlation between wealth, or lack thereof, and student test results. Test results measure not only what happens in schools but also the complementing activities of the homes of more affluent students. A Johns Hopkins study found the learning gaps between richer and poorer students were relatively small in the school year but grew during the summer.

There is almost a perfect correlation between PARRC test outcomes and a community’s median family income. Some of Rhode Island’s best schools may be those serving the students most in need.