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Letter: The Past Informs The Future

In response to Billionaires vs. Our Kids (May 21-27), since 1974 when President Richard Nixon created the U.S. Department of Education, the country has lost it prominence in educating our kids. Why? Because of all the politicians, special interest groups and bureaucrats have not made education policies based on the interest of the children.

At least 85 percent of all educators do a fabulous job in the classrooms. The problem is education administrators don’t hold children, parents, teachers’ unions and federal and state bureaucrats accountable to their responsibility to educate our kids.

Curriculums are created by former educators, out of a classroom setting for 30-plus years, bureaucrats and unions in the halls of our legislative bodies around the country and not in the local school district. Local school districts, school boards and PTA’s, determined what was good for the local student once. Schools focused on the three R’s: Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic. We gave slow learners an opportunity to earn a good living with trade schooling in high schools, not everyone is or will be college material. What did that produce? Men on the moon and new technology. We did not produce carbon copies where everyone thinks and speaks the same as the rest of the world.

I hope we wake up the uninformed majority that proper and great education does not produce success for everyone. Hard work, perseverance and opportunities in education or a skilled trade leads to a good earning wages in a field that one can excel and then can produce other opportunities for themselves and others.

— Henry Teja