2001-02-10 / Letters

Problems Of Education

Dear Editor:

As a constant, I keep hearing and reading about the problems of the educational system and the failure of students unable to grasp the fundamentals of reading, writing, and arithmetic.President George W. Bush has made education a priority on his agenda.

I am also wondering and thinking why this inability to learn attributes to poverty. I’m sorry but I can’t buy that reasoning.

Allow me to look back. Our family and others went to school during the Great Depression. We barely existed. We did not have the benefits of school transportation, nor school meals. We wore hand-me-downs, but what was important is we attended school and learned. We graduated high school prepared to enter the world of business. Many others went further to excel professionally.

Our language was English spoken and written correctly despite any other language spoken at home. We were taught and trained by our parents to respect authority and did so.

With time and neglect education and learning has changed drastically. What is needed now are caring, experienced, qualified teachers; responsive and responsible parents; and respectful students.

MILDRED SCHULMAN


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