Letters to the Editor

U.S. education system is in serious need of reinvention

In this Wednesday, June 14, 2017, photo, Maria Victoria Mendoza's six grade class walks back to their classroom in Brentwood, N.Y.
In this Wednesday, June 14, 2017, photo, Maria Victoria Mendoza's six grade class walks back to their classroom in Brentwood, N.Y. AP

Bernie Sanders is pushing to reinvent education. According to Sanders, education is not working for many of our kids. They are not engaged and are not getting the skills they need or are paying a fortune for college, ending up with crushing student debts.

According to Bernie, we must stop wall-to-wall testing that is destroying the love of teaching and learning that builds on curiosity, problem-solving, teamwork and perseverance.

Another problem many Americans have is with privatizing many state and national projects. One of the most important would be to privatize education. Having a private organization write the textbooks and to handle subjects taught in the classroom.

The law of supply and demand isn’t repealed at the schoolhouse door. We are paying investment bankers hundreds of thousands of dollars to make money for Wall Street. We ought to be paying educators and staff a decent wage to develop and guide the nation’s human capital — an investment that would benefit everyone. By reinventing education in these sensible ways, we all gain.

W.R. Cole, Arroyo Grande

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