In last week’s edition of the Progress I read with a hearty agreement Mr. Triplett’s letter regarding today’s youth. I realize it is history that the older generation looks with disdain at the youth of the day but I do fear that a tipping point is approaching.
I also found it ironic that in the same edition the local school superintendent is quoted regarding his awareness of the message sent last year by patrons saying NO twice to a levy.
Yes, twice was once too many and that was one message but I think Mr. Mercer and those pushing for a levy didn’t get the rest of the message, which goes hand in hand with Mr. Triplett’s letter. We, the ones that pay the bills, do not wish to pay for a substandard product. You wouldn’t pay for any improper work done by a local mechanic or contractor, or flat bald tires when you paid for new tires. Yet we are expected to dutifully and endlessly pay for substandard performance from students.
I have spoken with teachers that endlessly blame parents, TV, pop-culture, electronic devices, etc. I have seen students on a trumped up honor roll for self-image that wouldn’t have graduated in my day. I have also witnessed teachers in this very school teaching BS that is absolutely 180% from the truth and I have personally debated them and they can’t state facts and they rationalize their thinking with excuses.
Spelling isn’t taught with the rationalization that kids will use spellcheck. Read an email from anyone under 30. They can’t spell and they are too lazy to use spellcheck. Ask them to do simple math in their heads. They can’t do it on paper. I was a farrier for about 30 years and had to do math, algebra, geometry, and, calculus at times, so yes you do use it and if you wish to provide for a family later in life you better be taught something useful besides debatable science, absurd versions of history and outright propaganda.
When this school decides to prepare students for useful degree fields or in needed trades, not useless, mindless, liberal arts degrees with dubious job prospects, I for one would look more favorably at a levy. Until that time I am a disgruntled customer.