Tell lawmakers to end scam of school grading
Think carefully back about 10 years ago. Did you ever say to yourself, I need to know what letter grade my local public school deserves? Were you satisfied with the public schools in your community? If, by any chance, you did feel you needed to know, did you contact your local school board with your concerns? Did you ever contact your legislator? I’m going to guess you did none of the above.
So the question then becomes, why are we grading schools on an A-F (or 0-100) grading scale if it was never requested by any of the constituents of the state? Why are our laws being foisted on us from the top down rather than being requested from the bottom up?
You know and I know, and our legislators know, it is because they are influenced more by lobbyists and monied interests than they are by their electorate. Monied interests from outside of Indiana saw a way to infiltrate Indiana education, put together a plan, sold it to our legislators by way of lobbyists, and found a way to convince them and in some cases us that a public school system that was viewed as highly effective before 2000 is suddenly an abject failure.
Should interests from outside of Indiana be deciding how our schools are run and how our children should be educated? And the greater question is, will you contact and tell your state legislator that Hoosier schools belong to Hoosiers to serve Hoosiers – and will your legislator listen?
KIM FERRARO Crown Point
Pence’s compassion has its limits
Hypocrisy is alive and well.
The morning after tornadoes hit parts of Indiana, the victims were promised state and federal aid by Gov. Mike Pence, as should be.
Pity the 16 percent of Indiana residents without health insurance because this same governor refuses to sign onto the health care law and Medicaid extension offered by the federal government.
It’s shameful to let people suffer because of political ideology.
ANN WINEBRENNER Albion
Metric conversion is U.S. responsibility
We trade with the world, and the world uses the metric system. To export our products, they must be metric. To sell these same products in America, they must be imperial. Why we burden industry with dual measuring systems is open to question. There is a massive hidden engineering cost in not switching when dealing with the rest of the world.
It’s a simple concept. In the metric system length, mass and volume are all related, and unlike its imperial counterpart, everything is linked by units of 10.
The United States is one of the few countries that still use the English system. Or do we? Our currency is metric. Soda comes is one- and two-liter bottles. Our automobile engines are measured in liters. Our military uses metric units extensively. Whether we like it or not, the metric camel has gotten its nose under the tent.
President Gerald Ford signed the Metric Conversion Act in 1975 with a 10-year timetable. When Ronald Reagan came to office in 1981, he defunded the commission overseeing the change, effectively killing metric conversion without a vote.
What are we waiting for, total economic calamity? This country should not be handicapped by a short-sighted decision made more than 30 years ago. It’s time to correct a horrible mistake. The world is metric and we should be too.
GAYLEN TWIGG Fort Wayne