To the Editor:
When my child was in fourth grade, her class took a trip to the Katonah Museum. After the exhibit, the children were ushered into the art room for an activity. On the table were many pieces of cardboard, already cut into various shapes. On wooden boxes in the middle of the table, there were bits of Scotch Tape, already cut, ready for the children to use. I asked the teacher why the tape was there — after all, these were 8- and 9-year-old kids, perfectly capable of using a dispenser. She replied that they had to because the kids took too long to rip the tape from the dispenser. Some of them couldn’t rip it fast enough to be able to finish the project. She went on to opine that schools were so focused on the result, they were not given the chance to work through the process.