Our pathetic schools
After reading Rex Nelson’s wellwritten piece in the Sunday paper, I commend him on his proactive stance. The leadership in Little Rock has been negligent.
I believe, however, that the root cause of this sad state of affairs is our pathetic school system. We are raising criminals, not entrepreneurs. Our school system doesn’t equip our younger generation to make a living.
A boy who loves cars and wants to be a mechanic, for instance, doesn’t need nor want an extensive knowledge of Latin, English literature, or diagramming sentences. A girl who wants to be a nurse doesn’t need European history either.
Our students should have the option of choosing their path of education in the eighth or ninth grade. Those who want to go to college should take college prep courses and not be held back by those who have no interest.
Little Rock, for its size, has an amazing number of private schools which do prepare students for college. People have voted with their feet to condemn the ill-planned, overlapping school systems which are heavy on a highly paid bureaucracy and light on curriculum. Unfortunately, they still have to pay the taxes that support this failed education system in addition to paying for the expensive tuition at the prep school of their choice.
An overhaul of the present system is long overdue.
MICHAEL DON FESS