Literacy vital

January 17, 2012 • Dear Editor

Dear Editor:
Every legislator who votes against making every third-grader who can’t read at that level repeat that grade should absolutely be voted out because it’s obvious that that legislator is in the back pocket of the NEA union.

The dues-paying members of the union can do no wrong, and all members are celebrated as being the best-of-the-best. Holding back even one third-grader would cast aspersions on that teacher, as well as the second- and first-grade teachers. Those teachers might suffer lowered self-esteem, and not be eligible for “participant ribbons,” as are students.

The students are not a factor in this discussion; they are the “fodder” and are used only to qualify for more and more federal funds, and no one cares if they ever graduate.

If you can’t read at third-grade level, and are passed on “socially,” you are guaranteed to fail and drop out of school. This “plan” certainly guarantees a full gang and prison system, and a no-change in our current mess.

Dave Swink

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