To the editor:
Matt Huuki has it wrong on education. There are three conditions that need to be met to have thriving and successful education in a country.
1. Students need to arrive at the school prepared to learn. This is the responsibility of the parents/guardians and occurs even before students enter a school. Not having this condition met severely handicaps a school's ability to educate. Just imagine how hard it would be for an athletic coaching staff to coach a football team made up of players that didn't care about the game or didn't want to be there. People wouldn't tolerate that condition.
2. The local school district (school board and administrators) and state legislators are charged with providing the necessary infrastructure and funding necessary for high-quality education to occur. This, also, needs to be taken care of before students enter the school. Again, imagine a football team that had to practice in a parking lot, and where some of the students didn't have helmets and shoulder pads. As before, people would not tolerate this.
3. Teachers must be of high quality, well trained, knowledgeable in their fields and possess a passion and skill for education. Inspiring teachers can do wonders with well-prepared children. Continuing education for teachers should be highly valued.
It is the responsibility of the school board and administration to hire the best teachers and support them in their work.
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In Mr. Huuki's many mailings, he focuses primarily on evaluation of teachers as being his number one priority for education. He does not address the other two critical (and more important) issues stated above. His support for adequate funding for education is abysmal. He appears to have the priorities backward. Imagine, if you will, a hunter trying to shoot a rifle with the barrel resting against his shoulder and the stock aiming at the target. It creates a very dangerous situation, just as it does because of lack of basic understanding of how successful education works. Vote to support strong education for our children.