Letter: Disapproves request for state help
I am greatly disturbed by the news that the Gloucester School Board is begging the State of Virginia for additional funds to build a state-of-the-art dream school instead of using insurance money to replace the tornado-damaged Page School ASAP and get the kids back in class.
If Governor Bob McDonnell wants to stir the ire of taxpayers and change his massive approval ratings among all Virginians, then he’ll succumb to the "woe is me" plea from Anita Parker and School Superintendent Ben Kiser. But he’d better not.
This reminds me of the boomerang kids who wander back home when what they tried at being as an adult doesn’t pan out. Sure we love them, and we might even give some advice and let them stay in the old bedroom—for a week or two—but adulthood brings with it responsibility. And we sure wouldn’t let them stay for free so they could make the monthly payment on a new car that we can’t afford ourselves.
That’s what the school board’s dream school amounts to. In the face of studies and practical experience with regards to how to prepare a youngster for adulthood, "professional" educators look instead to technological gimmicks, and revised texts that ignore fundamentals, and turn away from character building toward the mushy relativism that has given us a generation that can Twitt their friends but can’t write a decent paragraph for a job application.
Have you ever considered that adults might not be hiring some young applicants because they just don’t want them around to "buzzkill" their day?
Parents need to quit subcontracting their job to public schools. But as long as we have one that needs rebuilding, let’s get it up with the money we have. Tell the school people to try "value engineering" with the money at hand like the rest of us do every day.