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 [auth] 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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