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    The Charlotte Observer asked for feedback on what problems their readers thought most pressing. I’ll highlight two responses:

    Haley Price, 19, Appalachian State University, Boone: As an education major, I obviously feel that the most pressing issue in America is the lack of substantial growth in the public school system. I think that the idea engraved in No Child Left Behind is noble, but the way in which the government has gown about it is doing nothing but pushing good teachers out and making young people less that eager to join the education field. As a principle, I think that most people would agree that a more educated society is a better one. How are we expected to solve the currernt world problems and make them better for future generations when the future generation that we are growing are not even literate? Where is the logic in sending young boys and girls to fight overseas when they don’t even know the geographical location of the country they are being sent to. Educaton and the problems therein should definatly be a top priority for the American people and it’s government.

    That ‘graf is absolutely horrible. Not even fisk-worthy.

    And then…

    Dane Keil, 14, home-schooled, Charlotte: While it may not be the nation’s top priority, finding alternate sources of energy is a very important issue. If we had homes, cars, and businesses that ran on electricity generated from wind, solar, and hydroelectric power, we would have less dependency on foreign oil. One area to consider for development is electric power generated by the tides. A tidal generator works on the natural movement of the ocean, thereby providing a virtually inexhaustible energy source.

    It’s a sad but unsurprising commentary on our schools that a 14-year-old HEK can write a more literate and cogent paragraph than a 19-year-old education major.

    UPDATE: A Bonus Letter courtesy of the Wilmington News-Journal:

    Students should know about intelligent designers

    As a future teacher, I will be sure to inform my students of intelligence designs created by Thomas Edison regarding the use of electricity, and Alexander Graham Bell with the invention of the telephone.

    I will also be sure to include the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s blueprint for a peaceful nation in his “I Have a Dream” speech, as well as Mahatma Ghandi’s peace movement in India. I will also discuss the two intelligently written documents that are the foundation to this country, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

    And I will be sure to include some designs that were not so intelligently drawn up: the Bush administration’s No Child Left Behind law and the handling of the conflict in Iraq.

    Stuart Wilkie, Wilmington

    2 Responses to ““LETTERS” OF THE DAY”

    Comment by
    January 4th, 2006
    at 7:29 am

    Be right back, I’m “gown” to get me another cup of coffee.

    Comment by
    January 4th, 2006
    at 12:07 pm

    WOW! I read the letters before having coffee & thought maybe I was still sleeping. They must be some crazy dream. No way! I do remember that last one from the News Journal. I just don’t know if I should laugh or cry.