Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Charter Schools Will Succeed, Show Public System's Failure ; IN RESPONSE

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Charter Schools Will Succeed, Show Public System's Failure ; IN RESPONSE

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I am writing this in response to Michael J. Kuhn's comment on Nov. 28, "Conflict of interest colors Neal's opinion." Kuhn thinks Andrea Neal has a "conflict of interest" because she teaches in a nonpublic school. I think he has a similar "conflict of interest" because he teaches in a public school. He very much is looking at things through his public-school-colored classes.

He stated "Why should her opinions about our public schools matter?"

I would ask why should his opinion matter? He has no credibility. He is only looking out for his job.

I am retired. I have never worked in the public educational system, nor have I taught in the nonpublic educational system. However I have spent most of my career as a technical instructor in the military and corporate environment.

What I have to say is not as a Democrat, Republican, or any other political group. What I have to say, I say as a concerned citizen to improve the educational opportunities for our children. I think this could cut across political lines. I want what is in the best interest of the children, and not any special interest group, including the teachers union.

To improve our educational system, there are several things that need to be done. The first is testing. This is something that Kuhn was lamenting. It is necessary to have an objective grade on how our children are learning. Without objective testing, there can be no bookmarks as to how much the children are learning. It certainly cannot be accomplished by the grades the teachers give.

We have to face the fact that our current public educational system is broken and failing. The proof of this is published every year as we watch how far the U.S. has fallen in math and science when compared to other countries.

I am not sure what the current figure is, but I believe the U.S. is rated near 20th or 25th, depending on different organizations' rankings.

This is absolute proof that our educational system has failed. Anyone who thinks different, just go look at the numbers. The numbers do not lie.

The failure of the public education system has not been caused by a single item, but is the culmination of several things. …

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