Re "Knowledgeable Citizens" (Letters, April 11): I agree with Peter Hays that it would be inadvisable to eliminate classes that teach students to be good citizens. However, with two kids in high school I can safely report that the subjects he's worried about, those that teach how to prepare a bill, understand environmental pollutants or write a coherent report are things kids today learn in middle school.
High schoolers study calculus, molecular biology, produce their own films and write multitudinous essays on mostly joyless literature. I support Doye Sivils' view that we should rethink this model. Some kids go to college, technical school, or the family business and succeed, but many finish only to discover all their hard work led them to two bad choices: few job prospects and onerous college debt.
-- Nancy Zepf, Sacramento