Re: “Diplomas should mean something,” May 18 editorial.

Re: “Diplomas should mean something,” May 18 editorial.

We seem to have lost the basic reason for the public education system. Its original goal was to educate all American children, not provide “seat time” for 12 years. If learning was the focus of the first 12 years, then graduation requirements would be a trivial matter. Is it asking too much that an organization solely dedicated to education be able to teach children of average intelligence to read, write and understand math in a 12-year time span?

But not to worry, as your editorial points out, “nothing is going to take effect for quite a long time.” What that means in the real world is that for any child whose heart beats today, these proposed changes are meaningless. They will remain stuck in a failing system that literally robs them of their life opportunities. Perhaps it will be better for their children.

Lastly, the editorial notes, “It’s never easy to turn the great ship of educational bureaucracy, but this task is worth the hard work it will take to complete.” Again, in the real world this means we simply don’t have the political will to address this clearly failing institution. All while we sit idly by and watch hundreds of thousands of young lives damaged by a great concept that has lost its way.

John ConlinLittleton

This letter was published in the May 25 edition of the Denver Post online .


John Conlin

John Conlin is a self-employed management consultant who lives in Littleton, Colorado. He started End The Education Plantation because he’s seen first-hand the harm being caused by our nation’s schools and believes it’s time to do something about that. Join our email list for continuing updates. And get involved. We’re a grassroots organization.


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