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School system out of control

Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Over the last 56 years since I graduated from school, there has been tremendous changes in the world in almost every category there is.

There has been so many different courses being offered, and are “all” of them necessary? The high school that I attended, offered as elective courses, the following: world history, business math, typing, bookkeeping, literature, algebra and the boys lobbied for and got a semester of home ec cooking. The girls got wood working shop.

When I started high school, we asked the superintendent if we could have six-man football, which was popular for small schools. The reply was we have no money for football. There were no marches, no bond elections, just no money. We had athletes, as we went to state tournament in baseball and were beaten by a school that had 2,200 more students than we had.

Our baseball team had zero funding. For transportation, unlike the millions of dollars a year for sports funding now, our coach and another teacher and the junior and senior boys used their parents’ cars to go to all baseball games.

Now don’t get the impression that I’m against athletics. It is exactly the opposite. But I think multiple games could be played on a trip and cut down on some of the funding. Sports have been my lifetime activity. I coached boys Little League in California and spent 12 years coaching and my wife managing girls softball teams while our three girls were going through the program.

My personal opinion: Over the last 40 years or more, someone in the liberal masses of educators are sorely eroding away the good educational system we had. The superintendents appear to be more interested in building dynasties than educational buildings.

When you go into a store and the cash register fails to show the amount of change to return to the customer and the apparent high school grad cannot count change back to you, who is responsible for not teaching math? In second grade we learned to count back change.

A superintendent in Colorado, reinstated a white supremacist teacher who was spewing his theory and calling the president of the United States of America a “Nazi” — in a geography class, no less.

The school system is totally out of control.

Paul Morrison

Kenai



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