LI already gets a fair share
Once again, Long Island is complaining ["LI deserves a fair share," Editorial, Aug. 9].
As a New York City resident, that is so very frustrating to read. City schools are overcrowded, many buildings are in disrepair, activities and programs have been cut, class size is ridiculous, and many good teachers leave for higher paying jobs on Long Island.
By comparison, most of Long Island has amazing schools and facilities. The highly paid teachers are some of the best, with class sizes that are within reason.
Obviously, many Long Island districts have been paying much more for education than other places in the state. How dare they complain when it is their own spending habits that have put them in financial straights?
Technology breeds cell towers
Do you think our grandparents and great grandparents cried about telephone poles going up all over the place ["Towering trouble," News, Aug. 4]? These ugly poles brought new technology and new wonders into their lives. Do you even think twice about seeing telephone poles everywhere you go?
Cell phone towers are a necessary evil. Don't want one in your neighborhood? Then, get rid of your cell phones and all other electronic devices that require these towers.
Teachers and tests
William Johnson and his colleagues are looking for yet a new test to measure success in the classroom ["Testing, 1-2-3," Opinion, Aug. 8]. The time and limited resources of the consortium of the five school districts would be more productive if spent re-examining the philosophy of education implemented by school districts today. Using methodologies of rote memorization and teaching to a test are ineffective and arcane. In today's economic, social and global environments, students require better critical thinking and problem-solving skills. This necessitates educators and administrators who are themselves leaders, lifelong learners and diverse thinkers. As the baby boomers retire, the current crop of teachers are teaching the way they were taught; by rote.
Out the Wiki worker
Let me get this straight - the spokesman for WikiLeaks, the online whistle-blower of publicized classified documents regarding the war in Afghanistan, who does not want to be outed, goes by the name "Daniel Schmitt" to protect his identity ["WikiLeaks stands firm," News, Aug. 8]? What an oxy "moron" and hypocrite!