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'Politicians and unions' prevent improvements in public schools

Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Editor:

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Much has been written about the quality of our children's education and the lack of it. The question keeps surfacing: Why is it that student achievement in our great country stays at a low 17th place within the 21 industrialized nations during the past 30 years?

We have increased the cost per student from less than $1,000 to $7,000 in our county, and up to $12,000 in Washington, D.C., where student and parental delinquency is rampant.

A recent letter-writer in The Augusta Chronicle made this statement: "Teachers are expected to keep discipline without much power to do so, deal with parents who have no involvement with their kid's school lives, and handle behavior and learning problems - all while teaching. Without help they simply work themselves to death.

"Parents: Check homework, read with your child, never question the teacher before you check things out privately and give the teacher the benefit of the doubt."

Another writer points out the excessive amount of money spent on the education bureaucracy - not instructing a single child, but heaping paperwork on the teacher who has to justify each student's assessment of progress and is put under pressure to push each student to the next grade, deservedly or not.

Almost all teachers will confirm these problems in public schools. Only the politicians and the unions prevent commonsense improvements to be made, much of it unrelated to funding. This ineffective education colossus in Washington was to be eliminated under Ronald Reagan, but we are now dominated by a socialist philosophy leading us straight into the Third World.

S.G. Von Schweinitz

Appling



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