Letter: Band-Aids not enough to save education

To the editor:

Your recent editions have had good articles and columns about the sad state of education in Indiana and across the country. Our 21st century children deserve a 21st century education if we are to have them carry forward this struggling nation.

Unfortunately, there are at least three millstones weighing down those who are trying to deliver that education. One is antiquated funding. A second is an outdated schedule and curriculum; the third is the influence of poorly-informed politicians and parents augmented by the lobbying of the textbook and testing industry.

The last is the most serious because it prevents any comprehensive effort that would upset the vested interests of the current, failing system. The education community knows how its bread is buttered and tries to introduce small changes that do not upset the power and money structure that overwhelm the system. All we have are Band-Aids instead of the major surgery that we need to reshape education for the 21st century.

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