Letter: Laying blame for failing students

If the changes that won unanimous Board of If the changes that won unanimous Board of Regents approval Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, win final approval from the Regents in January as scheduled, they would first take effect with teenagers who entered ninth grade in 2011 and are due to graduate in June 2015. Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

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A letter writer declared that America's teachers are failures ["U.S. must improve education system," Feb. 26].

Yet while he notes that the winners of scholastic awards are predominately from Asian cultural backgrounds, he fails to realize that they have the same American teachers as the students who fail -- a failure he blames not on their culture but on their teachers.

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It does, of course, put him squarely in the mainstream of the education reform movement, spearheaded by some education experts who have never actually been educators. Their lesson for the students of America is, succeed, and we will reward you; fail, and we will blame someone else.

Patrick Flynn, Wading River

Editor's note: The writer taught school for 34 years.
 

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