Letter: On academic rigor and internet connectivity
I was sitting in a hotel in Gettysburg reading USA Today, and dang, if two stories that could have been published here caught my eye. One, by Greg Toppo, illustrated our need to prepare our kids for the future through programs like Common Core, and the problems kids already in school may have adapting. The second, by Tyler Wells Lynch, illustrated how expensive and third-world our broadband is compared to the rest of the world.
Both these stories speak to a common thread: We, as a nation, are failing our children by not preparing them to compete with nations that focus on higher math and science, rather than one-size-fits-all education or, as Mrs. Goff said in Mr. Toppo’s article, "We plan to fight hard to stop test scores being the determining factor for promotion." Her child is a good student in the math and science taught today, but failed when tested under Common Core standards. More than half in New York did.
Higher standards are needed and meeting them is not punishment; it is necessary. On this same topic, communities such as Gloucester have failed to insure affordable broadband is available while bragging how "connected" we are. A decent website is nice; everyone being able to use it is smarter. Our children will never be able to compete in a wired world when we are decades behind.
Higher standards coupled with the ability to use the web as an educational tool profits all. If we are going to spend taxpayer funds, why not get a return on our investments?