Abby Loberg: Nostalgia about public schools overrated
April 4, 2011
To the Editor:
I only have one question for (letter writer) Frank Watts: Do you think it is right to educate our students using the standards of 80 years ago, or should we prepare them for what the world will be like 20 years from now?
Will Frank Watts be looking for a job in the next 10 to 20 years? I think not.
Perhaps we should really look hard at what public education means. Obviously taxpayers supported his education when he was a child. He seems to be looking back with fond nostalgia at that time so many years ago, without acknowledging the sacrifice that taxpayers made for him, not only for his school, but also for the bridge that made it possible for him to get there.
I bet many of those taxpayers were also old, retired people who no longer had kids in school. And yet they paid to support his education and give him an opportunity to reach his potential.
All we ask from him is that he now do the same for this generation of students. Only now, he needs to recognize that the world has changed in the past 80 years, and the kids will need computers and other skills to compete in a modern, global economy that now includes middle class students from around the world.
As a parent and as a teacher, I realize that it is the responsibility of all of us to help all kids get a valuable education that will prepare them for their futures (not for our nostalgic pasts).
Not only that, but some day when we are all in the nursing home, those same kids may be the ones taking care of us … and I for one will want them to be able to read my chart.