All on page A5 starting with, "Class is in Session" - With school starting soon, it's time to crack open the books and debate how to improve education - By Collin Hitt. Then "Mixing up student demographics accomplishes little by way of learning" by Joanne Jacobs and "Learn math and science, but also skills" by Ronald Raison.
All qualified business people and educators; all who feel that our public education must be improved should read this full page, discuss and act. While Colin Hitt says "it's time to debate how to improve education" I can only add it is past time to improve. Without a consensus of our leaders that we must make drastic changes, we will continue to believe what we are being told by some of our educators and unions, what down deep, we really don't believe at all. Surely no one would buy a bag of apples if a large percentage were discards. The good apples will not be able to make us think the grocer who sold us the apples isn't responsible for selling us all good apples. Even if we were given a sizable discount. Most of who do not live in la-la land can see first hand what bad and potentially bad apples are leaving our public school systems.
While the "blame it on the parents theory" is substantially correct, we can't do much about the parents but we can about taxpayer supported public schools that charge over $11,000.00 per student (to educate?) per year with a shortened school day and a nine month year of opportunity to educate our future.