Manipulating education not the answer
The Aug. 11 opinion piece "Core principle: Elevated standards will benefit both education and our economy" is completely wrong.
The core problem is a political process that developed and implemented policies pledging to improve life, which not only failed to deliver on promises but made conditions measurably worse for working Americans and their families.
So-called economic development schemes opened American markets to foreign goods, promising a rising tide to lift all boats. Not only did this promise fail completely, but also it led directly to calls by business leaders such as the authors of "Core principle," Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and John Engler, president of the Business Roundtable, to lobby Congress for economic and tax changes that sent millions of good paying jobs overseas in the name of competitiveness.
Now these same folks want to blame the education system because children are scoring below foreign peers? How about the American families that failed? How about more children living in poverty? How about 14 million American workers looking for jobs but finding none? How about an epidemic of addiction unprecedented in the history of the nation?
No. Manipulating the education system is not the answer. Fix the family by making good-paying jobs plentiful again.