MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Letters

January 8, 2014

THE PEOPLE SPEAK — Don’t waste tax money on online teaching

Dingbat No. 1 and dingbat No. 2 don’t get it. Gov. Mary Fallin and State School Superintendent Janet Baressi think there is no limit to the wondrous things you can do online spending millions on two online charter schools and three more are waiting school approval. But, there is a limit.

You can’t re-create Paul Harvey’s magic box online. Harvey’s magic box was Tulsa Central High School. It was there he met his English teacher, Isabel Ronan, who introduced him to words and he fell in love with them. She taught him to stand up straight and push with his diaphragm. She put him in plays and took him to KVOO Radio and told the program manager, “this young man has the talent and ability to be on your radio station.”

There were a lot of WKRPs after that. Paul Harvey learned to paint pictures on the mirror of our minds so well, he became the most listened to voice in the history of radio.

Only a live teacher can approach every kid in his or her classroom like an individual puzzle and seeing a student’s individual strengths, help the student realize their talent.

So, our tax money should not be wasted on online teaching in charter schools which can pick and choose their students. Put that money into real, live public schools who teach all kids and give the teachers in those schools a raise they deserve.

VIRGINIA BLUE JEANS JENNER

Wagoner

1
Text Only
Letters
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Poll

Should a federal judge have the power to strike down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage?

Yes
No
     View Results
Featured Ads
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks