Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

January 21, 2007

Story focus skews debate on schools

I find it disturbing that the Anne Arundel County section of The Sun (Jan. 14) addressed the school budget issue almost entirely from the perspective of active teachers.

The teachers unions are complicit in the current state of the public schools. The unions are inflexible, have shown perennial bad judgment, and are a part of the reason that multitudes of Anne Arundel County families have withdrawn from the public education system.

Allowing teachers to dominate the debate serves no purpose other than to push The Sun's left-wing agenda, which is pro-union and anti-privatization, and which has no place in the Anne Arundel section. If this section is going to be no different than the rest of the paper, then what is the point of having it? It hardly represents the views of our conservative county.

Money, unfortunately, won't solve the problems that exist in our county public school system.

An enormous amount of money is spent on special education. Yet the bulk of children identified as requiring special education are likely disabled only to the extent that they have negligent parents, a poor upbringing and are witness to a host of societal problems that are not rooted in education spending.

Money won't force parents to read to their children when they are young, or to teach them to read. Education spending will not take children raised in violent homes and make them nonviolent.

Back-loading enormous sums of money to address the social problems of children who have been failed by their parents will accomplish nothing.

Anne Arundel County lists almost 12 percent of high school students as requiring expensive special education. One out of eight.

It is time to spend the special education money on those students who are truly disabled, and to come to grips with the fact that it is extremely expensive and seldom fruitful to address family problems in the classroom.

School therapists who believe that it is abnormal for boys to behave differently than girls, who consider boys with lots of energy to be in need of sedation drugs, are part of the problem. What is ADD, anyway? It sounds like kids being kids to me.

Enlightened school administrators who allow threatening, violent children to remain in the classroom, who jump on every new-age curriculum at the expense of reading, math and science, and who believe that a public schools system is capable of addressing social problems in the classroom are part of the problem.

With the exodus of families from the system, there is less support for increased taxes to fund the ongoing mess. Those families who have sought out private education can ill afford a property tax hike.

The Anne Arundel County edition of The Sun should avoid muting the voices of the common folk while allowing the powerful teachers unions and administrators to continue their efforts to drive the system into the ground.

Michael DeCicco

Severn

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