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#beginquote# Wonderflute, I work at all the schools in the district which serves my local area, and I could tell you stories that would make you cringe with disbelief. The standardized test scores are always below the recognized standards for our entire geographical area. The problem is many fold. First, we have an above average number of low income families, which really shouldn't be a factor, second, there is a less than acceptable amount of apathy on the part of some parents, students, and most ashamedly, teachers, and a misunderstanding of the problems on a state and national level. There have been so many deviations to the old proven methods of education of the past. Also there are the bleeding heart liberals who can't comprehend the concept of accountability on any level. Everyone is a victim of environment, financial and social circumstances etc. no one is responsible for their actions. So much money is wasted on Psychologists, Social workers, Enablers, Counselors and sports, that education really becomes secondary by default. Then even more money is spent to re- teach that which wasn't learned the first time. The sad part is that most of the so called educated experts either can't recognige the problem or are too embarressed to admit to and correct the problems. When I went to school, everyone could read, write, and we all knew the math facts, even the worst students!. The average student is lucky to be able to write his/ her name. I've seen Seniors counting on their fingers to do the simplest addition problems. This is the problem in a nutshell. We need more educational competition to spur the "manopoly" public school system to perform it's job. It was our government that mandated education in the first place, and it is govrenments' job to provide the highest quality education possible. There are many examples across the country in all classes which are proof that it is possible. Forgive me for my rant, but seeing a failing system first hand, I feel obligated to share my views. This does pertain to this forum, as music is a vital part of a total education. If anyone is bored or offended by this commentary, then they may fit one or more of the above mentioned catagories of slackers. sincerely, Don P.S. I neglected to mention that I constantly bring these issue to the attention of school administrators, and state education department officials. I am not a bystander, I get involved on every level possible. I am a fragment of my imagination #endquote#
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