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August 17, 2013

Ray Day: Schooling for our youngsters

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You only learn those things from good teachers who have gone through the preparations of life to get to where they are now. Now, another thing you have to realize is this: computers can be manipulated to come up with an answer that will benefit whoever is on the other end. As to charter schools, if a parent wants to send their child to a charter school, they should have to pay their own way. That bill should not be put on the taxpayers' shoulders. If a parent wants to educate their child at home, then they should be versed in all the things needed for proper learning. I see nothing wrong with in-home schooling but it, like charter schools, should have to bear the cost of such education.

So in short, I would have to say the road we have been taking these past two years has a political background and so it has no chance of giving our children the proper education they so dearly need.

Put educators back in the schools and make it worth their time, but don’t go overboard with salaries that are so offending to the taxpayers. What we as parents need to do is monitor the actions of our heads of education and question any sudden change in that body’s actions that not only affect the children, but also the taxpayers who are footing the bills. Remember this at all times.

When someone desires to take us over, they start with our youngsters and feed the thoughts to them, as well as those people who represent us. For a long time, our public schools have done the job of educating our youngsters and done it well. If anyone desires to not use that system, they are free to home school their children or to go to charter schools, but it should be at their expense and not ours. Another thing to remember is we learn through the teachings of trained people who need to know the work they do is a benefit to all of us. You don’t rely on computers when you have the schools and teachers there ready to serve us.

Ray “Uncle Ray” Day is a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at uncleray@earthlink.net.

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