Your Feb. 16 Virginia Weekly article on the McLean-Langley High School redistricting was a typical Washington Post journalistic success. You have infuriated 1,600 students, angered 100 teachers and upset 3,000 parents. You may have helped convert a long standing friendly cross-town high school rivalry into a hostile feud. Perhaps you call that successful journalism; I call it insensitive, irresponsible reporting.
Apparently triggered by one or more of our local nuts and troublemakers (their names always seem to crop up) you have touched the nerve of an entire high school community. In some parts of our country the best way to receive a fast trip out of town is to criticize the local high school football team. The fastest way to the exists in the McLean High School community is tochallenge the quality of our academic programs or imply that we are a community of rednecks.
We are very proud of the fact that with the second smallest high school in the county our students consistently rate at the top in terms of academic achievements. We are very pleased that we have a cosmopolitan, intellectually stimulating faculty and student body.
I assume it is news to you that McLean ranks sixth in the nation in the number of students who have received the prestigious Westinghouse science awards. Our student math team is in first place in the county math competitions. Our foreign language, English and music departments are among the best in the state. We even have time for athletics - second in our district in football and basketball and district champions in wrestling and girl's field hockey.I could provide more student body and the excellence of the faculty but I believe you get the message.
In closing I must admit that you are probably correct in your Chevy-Jaguar comparison (presented as a Langley student comment). A couple of summers of hard work on a construction job can produce a Chevy for a teenager but only a pampering-parent can produce a Jaguar. Somehow I feel safer turning the future of my country over to the Chevy-driving academic-achiever, but then one of the blessings of a democracy is that we can all live according to our own set of values.