Dear Editor: The basic problem with U.S. public education is that we have forgotten or never defined just what the objectives are much less the goals of K-12 education. Almost no one knows that the original intent was to create a population who could read and reason enough to make informed decisions when electing [and] voting. That goal has been abandoned in favor of two mutually exclusive goals: malleable consumers and skilled workers for undefined industry.
After 20 years of asking educators, professors, business people and people at various meetings what should be the product of education and getting ...
Dear Editor: Do people realize when they hit and kill an animal that they have taken away something very special? On Sunday night our cat we had for 5 1/2 years was hit by a vehicle and killed. I heard a noise and went outside to find our cat lying in the road dead. No one came to the door to apologize or say anything. I hope they will be able to live with themselves. We don't have any children and this cat was our world. People need to quit going so fast on Duncan Road. I would ...
April 28, 2010|
Tommy and LuJuan Allgood
Dear Editor: The recent events concerning the Dalton Gang and the mayor are very similar to the politics of Washington, D.C. We have two sides, entrenched in their dogma, unwilling to practice diplomacy. A word of advice to both sides: you will always learn more from those who disagree with you than you will from the "yes men" who follow you. Maybe the Dalton Gang is right; maybe we can't afford it right now? But does that mean we could not take some "baby steps" right now and make it a long term project? Is it possible that ...
Dear Editor: There are three things people cannot control at their birth: when they are born, where they are born and who their parents are and the names they are given. The Covington News has taken a sickening approach and viciously attacked a local council member based on the name he was given. Your paper has poked fun at Councilman Keith Dalton by using his surname. You are saying he is guilty by association because his name is the same as the famous Western outlaw Dalton Gang. The "out-of-town" owned Covington News (along with its "out-of-town" employees) must think this ...
Dear Editor: My concern is that our school system is focusing so much on standardized tests, and whether we are going to make AYP, than about the children and their education. I don't think a test should determine whether a child is promoted to the next grade or not. If they have made the grade all year, and they are ready to move up, then that is what it should be based on. We as children growing up didn't have these types of test, and we turned out just fine. Some of us are teachers ourselves.
April 28, 2010|
Dear Editor: Interesting article and misguided. My favorite part of it is your football analogy to the granddaughter. Guess how many children won't have the opportunity to hear a coach tell them that next year? I can tell you…a lot.
April 28, 2010|
Head Basketball Coach, Cousins Middle School
Dear Editor: I have been a Newton County homeowner, taxpayer, educator and registered voter for the past five years. Up until this school year, I have remained uninvolved in politics until now.
Last month, I contacted State Sen. John Douglas to relay my concerns about this crisis. I suggested exploring other sources of revenue, such as an increased cigarette tax, which, according to an article last month in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, many states are using to close the funding gaps.
April 25, 2010|
Brian L. Thompson
Dear Editor: In regards to the decisions by the Newton County Board of Education, the following are concerns I as a citizen feel should be considered and addressed:
1. Why do we start the school season in the peak energy demand months? As a utility employee, we establish utility rates based on seasonal demand and wholesale costs. Traditionally, electrical rates are at there highest in the summer months. In years past, Newton County Schools started the school year later into August or even September thus lowering their energy usage and utility expenses which also lowers operating costs. When considering the ...
Dear Editor: Busy lives and long commutes require too much time indoors and in cars. In recognition of the many health, civic and economic benefits afforded by a small investment in our quality of life, the Newborn Town Council has wisely affirmed their support of a recreational bicycle and jogging trail to be fashioned from the railroad bed donated by Norfolk Southern.
Dear Editor: I do not envy Dr. Whatley or the school board the difficult decisions they will have to make to balance a school budget that has been drastically cut by our economic crisis. However, the wisdom of the choices they are making is highly suspect.
First and foremost, the hardest hit will be elementary education, which is the bedrock of our children's learning. Most of the staffing cuts will be aimed at the elementary schools, and for that, class sizes will increase and teacher paraprofessionals will be eliminated. The basis of our children's learning will be greatly ...
April 25, 2010|
Dear Editor: I am a concerned mother and citizen of Newton County. I do not understand the latest cuts by the Newton County School Board. Teachers and students are our future, and without them this country is nothing. They all deserve to be treated with respect. I feel that the people sitting in a big office on Newton Drive have forgotten what it is like to be a student or teacher. Someone needs to bring them back to reality.
You have given an estimated 170 teachers or para pros their pink slips and you tell them you can not ensure ...
Dear Editor: As a parent of an elementary age student in the Newton County Schools, I am distressed about what is happening to education funding on both local and state levels. Last week, major budget cuts were announced locally that will affect my child and thousands of others, as well as many friends and family who serve this community as teachers in the local school system. The local cuts are due primarily to years of under funding of public education by the state where education seems to have become a decreasing priority by those who purport to lead.
April 23, 2010|
Abigail Morgan Coggin
Dear Editor: Over the last few weeks, I have been reading the local news about the price of education in Newton County. The stories that I have read go a little like this: county schools facing $9.7 million FY2011 budget deficit, planning cuts for staff and faculty members, officials have already determined who will be cut.
It is sad to think that the education of our children is less important than the current salary that was given to the new BOE superintendent Gary Mathews.