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Letter to the Editor

Writer wants "changes for the better" in education


web posted August 25, 2008
Dear Editor:

Another school year is upon us.  With this comes the constant talk about school taxes, expenses, conditions, teachers’ pay rates, teachers’ experiences and backgrounds, student-to-school populations, and students’ abilities to learn, comprehend, and retain. I know that is a mouth full, but I still don’t believe that I have mentioned all that is associated with and controversial about yet another school year!

I wonder, “Am I the only citizen who views our current school system as a bust and a probable waste of tax money?“ I truly believe, “to instruct to the test “, in other words, to teach students in order to continue to pass these GLORIOUS equivalency tests is wrong, a waste of taxes, and even a fundamental waste of the very school system!

I also believe that it is a very wrong and dangerous practice of how our school system is seemingly an accepted way of “weeding out the bad, slow, and sometimes ignorant; and yet very-good-at-heart students!  The school system, in the U.S.A., must not become the accepted method of creating the working; “blue collar”; class of citizens by seemingly catering to “the white collar” class of citizens! 

I have heard mention of very, very innovative suggestions of changing this school system in order to make it better, more fair, and more efficient!  Two of these very great ideas are to change the “so-called” equivalency tests and to go to a four-day-school-week !

Granted, these changes are very different, but modern-day citizens are going to have to; I repeat, have to make and embrace changes-for-the-better!


T. Monroe Bledsoe
North Augusta, SC






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