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3/30/2014 5:59:00 AM
Letter: We know what fixes education

Question everything; we have all seen the T-shirts or bumper stickers. "Question Authority."

It is a good idea. However, if you ask the wrong question, you only get the wrong answer. Calling the White House in D.C. to ask what kind of tires one should buy is not a sound thought to start with. Calling 911 because the fast food shop got your order wrong is another example of non-thinking.

Just ignoring the issues of the day may work for the day. Yet day after day ignoring your kid being bullied is not wise, and we need to hold our elected officials accountable by asking the right questions, and not blindly voting for the same incumbent.

Common Core is but one example of blind trust that simply does not work. Smaller classes work, which has been proven over a hundred years ago, yet the money we toss at the education problem is for administration, and not more teachers or even infrastructure.

School selection by vouchers work. So why the opposition? Ask the union reps. Even for a union, one would think they would want more teachers for more dues, and yet they oppose a very thing that could give them that. Smaller classes, more teachers, and vouchers for alternate schools make sense.

Stating educators are not for either smaller classes or alternative schools as a whole is simply misleading! And parents, if you really do not care about your child's future, you need not do a thing. However, if you do care, then we as a society need to question the insanity of Common Core changing its name in some states but not its mission goal.

A new bumper sticker should read, "Question Common Core."

Jack Shepherd


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Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014
Article comment by: Origional Kingman Resident

"Even for a union, one would think they would want more teachers for more dues, and yet they oppose a very thing that could give them that. Smaller classes, more teachers, and vouchers for alternate schools"

You hit the nail on the head! Unions supposedly oppose these alternative school options because the private schools would take jobs away from teachers. But private schools need teachers too. If the schools want to attract students under a parent choice voucher system, the private schools need good teachers. If unionized teachers are good, and have the data and results to prove it they shouldn't have any problem getting a job.

Another union objection is that the pay, benefits and working conditions for the teachers would suffer in a non unionized voucher funded school. Again, the free market would take care of that. Schools that wanted to be successful would need to attract effective teachers.

The third objection is that the vouchers will take the good students and dollars away from the public schools leaving public schools with the troubled students and fewer resources to deal with them. If the troubled students were in appropriate settings from the start they might not be troubled. Public education is a one size fits all deal. Due to its size and scope it has to be.

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