Letters to the editor – Tuesday (12-9-09)
Classroom experience and early retirement
You know there has been a lot of talk concerning how our education system has been failing students.
Has it ever occurred to anyone that the early retirement programs instructors have been offered (with taxpayers’ money) are a major part of the problem?
It seems that through the goodness of our leaders to help instructors retire at 50-plus years of age, schools have also shelved the knowledge that could be useful to newly hired instructors, coming right out of college. Does that make sense?
We have to wonder how many of these instructors put themselves in the position to instruct because the early retirement program is available to them, and how many truly desire to instruct children.
Can anyone explain how this betters the education system?
At my age today, I remember an instructor who, well into her 70s, was still passing out homework papers as we left the classroom every school day.
It also comes to mind to ask why our government officials authorized such a program which allows knowledge gained through years of hands-on experience to go out the door, and the taxpayer pays.
Double-dipping was done away with, and it’s time all people were treated as equals. It says: “A government for the people, by the people and of the people.” It does not say: “A people for the government, controlled by the government and workers of the government.”
We must keep in mind government did not create people for its needs. People created government to meet the people’s needs. Government needs have exceeded the word need.
To explain the last statement better, the Bible says: Man was not made because of the Sabbath. The Sabbath was made for man.
Get the point?
ó Ron Sweet
Atheism on campus
Regarding the Faith page article “Atheism on campus”:
Atheist and agnostic President Anastasia Bodnar sets up a booth at Iowa State to explain atheism. The only way atheism can be honestly explained is: If The Almighty God does not exist, there is no heaven, no hell and no Earth.
ó Robert E. Fisher