Parents, students rally against KenTon district

KENMORE, N.Y. (WIVB) — Parents, students and teachers gathered Wednesday outside of the Kenmore Town of Tonawanda School District building, holding signs, hoping to bring about change in the district.

“It’s frustrating because it could be so much better,” said Eric Mihelberger, who has two children in the district. “We want more change. Not just change in writing but change in the classrooms.”

Mihelberger said for the last few years, the KenTon classrooms are where he has seen a major shift in the education system happening. He said his kids and the others in the district are spending more time test prepping and less time learning about anything else.

“I think business is  put ahead of the children,” said Mihelberger.  “We want our kids to learn about creativity, public speaking, research skills, life skills, art, music, phys ed, social studies, science, all of these – interpersonal relationships – all these other things besides just English and math.”

He said he started standing up for change in the district after hearing his daughters talk about fill-in the bubble tests for subjects like gym and art.

“There has to be a balance,” said Mihelberger.  “When there is no balance and it is skewed one way, it undermines the development of the children.”

He finds the lack of balance in the district disconcerting and that’s why he says he is standing together with others outside of the administration building, pushing for change, hoping to make a difference.

“It makes me worried for their future,” said Mihelberger.  “The education right now is not well-rounded enough for what I want my own children to experience and what I tthink other parents want their children to experience.”

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