LETTER TO THE EDITOR: It’s time to “reclaim our children and their future”

I stand in agreement with Craig Ladwig’s Jan. 22 guest editorial on education. As a retired educator with over 40 years of teaching experience, I have worked with the kids of students Mr. Ladwig describes. These kids were solid, dependable and average. Although many of them were not college material, they were willing to learn, and did — without constant testing and monitoring by the various educational “experts” in the state of Indiana. At one time, such students would have been solid middle-class citizens supporting the economy. Today, they run the risk of being cast aside if they don’t fit into a particular “path” in education.

Education should be an exposure to worlds of knowledge and information. It should never be limited or confined by the next best theory advocated by another “expert.” Education is not a business; it is the future of our children and ourselves. Parents, teachers and the community have an obligation to make this known to school boards, business leaders and education councils. It is time to reclaim our children and their future.

— Juliana Quackenbush, Fort Wayne