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Letters to the Editor 3/18

March 19, 2001

Letters to the Editor 3/18



Teachers and testing



To the editor:

One of the most important things that has made this country great is the freedom we have as individuals to make choices that affect the quality of our lives.

None of these assessing and testing schemes includes the two groups most interested in the success of our students, the students themselves and their parents. Students and their parents are so often right in assessing their teachers and schools and it is perceived as a threat to schools that there is often an adversarial tension between the teachers and students. Teachers tend to blame the students, blame the parents, blame society and blame a lack of funding for poor outcomes. A good teacher could care less about national testing.

None of these testing schemes will improve education. They are all a part of a democratic educational philosophy that seeks to standardize the product called education so that every teacher produces lessons in the same way with the same effort with the same results. Educators worry they aren't appreciated like Michael Jordan. Well, if he had produced the same number of baskets with the same effort as every other player, we wouldn't even know his name.

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No one in public education wants to identify the best teachers, the best schools, and get them the most money and the best students. Whenever there is a move made in the direction, it is only "fair" that something similar is offered to every other student and teacher. Likewise with students with minimal academic gifts. We don't want to identify them and find something they're good at. No, we have to "mainstream" them so we don't cheat them out of the same education everyone else is getting.

Education is top priority on the president's agenda and seems to have teachers scared. That should tell you something. There is nothing in any assessing or testing scheme that will make any difference in the product like giving the consumers a choice.

Tim Burtner

Keedysville




Be grateful



To the editor:

As Christians around the world contemplate the passion of the Lord Jesus Christ during this lenten season we should especially me mindful not to let Jesus pass us by without telling him in prayer how grateful we are to him for his dying on the cross to save us.

One of the saddest lines in the Bible I believe is Luke 8: 37. "Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them because they were overcome with fear." So he got into the boat and left. No one knows what tomorrow will bring so we need to be firm in the fact that our savior is not passing by us without our accepting him as our savior and Lord and thanking him for dying for us on the cross. Scripture says, no one who believes in him, will be put to shame for this is not distinction between Jew or Greek. The same Lord is Lords of all enriching to all who call upon him. For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.

There are many religions in the world but only one savior and his name is Jesus.

Dorothy Panettiere

Hagerstown




Hagerstown has gang problem



To the editor:

Where are our patrolmen who are supposed to be walking the beat? It's getting worse on East Washington Street then ever. There are gangs hanging out in from of 36 and 31 East Washington Street, and in the parking lot between Franklin and East Washington.

I thought we had a fire. These gangs are out from 7 p.m. until 2 and 3 in the morning.

I had to push past a gang to get in the door to get up to my apartment and don't mind telling you it's scary. Help officers, please.

Kay Schindel

Hagerstown




Many have cared



To the editor:

Overwhelmed seems to be the only word that comes to mind when we think of all the special people who have become involved in our lives recently.

From our family and friends with their prayers, hugs, flowers, food and cards, and those very special people both emergency and non-emergency who came to the accident and to the trauma unit at York Hospital.

Thanks to all of you, we love you all and may God bless all of you. Danny would have been very proud and honored. We certainly are.

Danny A. Hammond Family

Helen and Chris Berger

Mercersburg, Pa.

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