To the editor:
The article by Tom Lange (“School provides another chance,” Aug. 15) really brought back memories.
This is about a 34-year-old who in the eighth grade asked their teacher to allow them to redo (take over) their eighth year of grade school.
The first thing about this article that caught my eye is that in today’s world of primary education, there is no give and take between the student and their teacher. Every incident now is decided by stats and the cost of doing business.
In other words, it’s a government thing.
Anyway, this 34-year-old redid the eighth grade and came out smelling like a rose. Off to high school, where he excelled in both studies and basketball. He did two years at a junior college, on a basketball scholarship.
After those two years and finally getting basketball out of his system, it was on to a real college. This was coupled to extra hours working as a waiter. Graduation came along, and with it he was hired full time. About a year later he was transferred to the main bank in another state.
During this time a friendship was made with guys who worked at a computer program developer. He was finally convinced to move into computer programming. He made the change and was assigned to working with various types of government accounts. While this was taking place, he hooked up with an inner-city basketball league, coaching.
Back at the office, they wanted to get their products into western Europe. The idea was to find distribution. He moved to Paris, set up an office and spent three years putting together a distributorship with numerous dealer outlets throughout western Europe. He now resides back in the states.
Here’s my point: Let’s suppose he was not allowed a “redo.” Let’s suppose statistics became the main factor, which appears to be the case today. Where would this 34-year-old be today, if he had not been allowed the redo? Stats are wonderful, when putting together data, but let’s all remember, we still have pencils with erasers. And there are still hunches (I like hunches the best).