2002-06-01 / Letters

Abolish Worthless Agencies

Abolish Worthless Agencies

Dear Editor;

When I think and hear about the problems involving the educational system of today, I think back and feel grateful that I went to school then.

I am a senior citizen and I attend the community senior centers. I find that the older adult is intelligent, well read, well spoken, takes pride in being American and votes. Reading, writing arithmetic and more were taught and regimented by professionals knowledgeable in all disciplines.

Absences were controlled by truant officers. A dress code was adhered to by both student and teacher. Proper handwriting was taught via the Palmer Method. There was no such thing as social promotions. Going ahead to the next grade had to be earned as well as graduation to enter the professional or business world.

Students were well prepared and equipped for their chosen field. Respect for authority was taught at home. Schools then were patrolled and monitored by parents not as now by police officers. There was no such equipment as metal detectors at the school doors to detect drugs or the possession of dangerous weapons.

The gradual breakdown of the educational system was overlooked by school authorities, which caused the problems to escalate. Also the neglect of the physical conditions of the schools posed a danger as well.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg must take it upon himself to be the City' s School Chancellor, the Board of Education and the Community School Boards. These agencies accomplished nothing and were a complete waste of money. By abolishing the worthless the budget crunch will be lessened.

MILDRED SCHULMAN


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