Letters to the Editor

Education: Money won't improve scores

The pathetic excuse for Crescent Harbor’s writing portion of the WASL shows just how ridiculous the blame game has gotten in our schools. “The last few years have seen the district without enough funds to properly assess student writing abilities,” was the reported excuse.

My kids went to this school last year. Why do the schools need extra funds to have their writing skills assessed when they have teachers grading their papers daily? What extra funds are needed for that? This is the mindset of our schools, “If we aren’t doing as well as you expect, give us more money.” 

How about if the administrators, who are sucking all the money from our schools, put their college-educated brains together and come up with some better ideas? How about, if the teachers are not teaching well, we find those who can teach the subjects? And how about if parents take some responsibility for teaching their kids some skills.

Last week, I was totally disgusted by a mom who was upset because her son’s teacher didn’t want to take the extra time to teach her son to tie his shoes! Give me a break woman, teach him yourself!

Too many children these days are passed off to babysitters and teachers to learn all life skills, and as a result teachers must take valuable class time to teach basic life skills. Our schools would be a lot better off if we would all take a little of the blame, and do what we can to help. It will take everyone’s best efforts, not more funds, to improve the education of our children.

Nicole Prasch

Oak Harbor

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