Buildings don’t promote education progress

A 2013 report released by NPR indicates the U.S. lagging in global ranking of students in math, reading, and science.

One local school board believes that erecting new architectural Taj Mahals is the answer to this troubling statistic.

A building does not promote educational progress. There are, in this county, a number of people who are products of one-room and two-room schools.

Being one of them who attended East Loop for grades 3 through 8 in a building with eight grades, one teacher, a large coal heater in the rear of the single room, water from an outside hand pump and inside non-flush toilets, I can attest to the fact that those of us who experienced this have done quite well with this educational background.

No, I am not suggesting a return to that era.

Dedicated teachers who are not brow beat by governmental professionals and are left to teach can improve this downward trend.

Basic curriculum, constructive discipline and less emphasis of passing everybody to the next grade regardless of ability would certainly help.

People do not progress at the same rate.

College is not for everyone.

A graduate of a tech school after studying welding has more to offer than someone with a degree in bluegrass music.

Tim Gracey

Altoona

COMMENTS