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Education system failed Richardson

Dear Editor,

Mr. Richardson’s pathetic letter attacking the local educational system deserves a response. Mr. Richardson’s thinking and analytical skills, demonstrated so eloquently in his letter, demonstrates the abject failure of the very educational system he touts. He is unable, by virtue of his education, to view any issue other than through his filter of liberal versus conservative. He conveniently ignores the fact, or is unaware, that many of the current advances in technology were made by products of the educational system in the 1970s and ’80s, a period he discounts as an utter failure.

The reader should be skeptical of any writer who condemns wholesale a group of individuals. He is not familiar with the qualifiers, some, many, or most. Mr.. Richardson is seemingly unable to make distinctions between individuals, preferring to see everything in black and white. That is why he can condemn the efforts of an entire system with little or no knowledge of the individuals involved. He is unable to see the grays in any issue.

Both Mr. Richardson and I are about the same age and consequently the products of the educational system he so strongly pines for. I have a very different recall of that system, one that rewarded memorization and recall of facts, avoiding controversial issues lest it upset the students and parents. Luckily, I chose to drop out of such a system. Unfortunately for Mr. Richardson he chose to remain. We must all live with the consequences of our decisions.

George Austin-Martin, Ph.D.

Glenwood Springs


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