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August 27, 2013

Viewpoint: Communities once held control of schools

Once upon a time, American children were educated in neighborhood schools that had stood the test of time and created the genius that made America the envy of the world. Students walked or rode their bikes to school. The community and the school was the center of their universe. Community was in control of schools and parents were in control of their children, as they received a good education in a protected and loving environment.

In the 1960s, liberal conformists convinced the courts and weak-minded politicians with no vision that forced integration would salvage schools in the inner cities, attended mostly by disadvantaged minorities.

Laws were passed establishing quotas to ensure racial balance and diversity in all school systems in America. The worst political blunder in American history. These laws resulted in the destruction of the school system by removing parents and communities from the education process, replacing it with an ineffective system controlled by bureaucrats and the federal courts. By the time those responsible realized their gross error in judgment, the genie was out of the bottle and had taken on a life of its own; and they made every effort to distance themselves from the stigma of these tragic laws and a failing educational system. The real tragedy is that most educators and politicians know this to be true — and do not have the courage to initiate change.

Busing to integrate schools has resulted in a massive buildup of a fleet of buses in America that cost billions of dollars to maintain and operate. Over 25 years, the cost ran into trillions of taxpayer dollars that will never pay dividends. What has the taxpayer received for 25 years of forced busing and expenditures in the trillions of dollars? I would ask the courts, bureaucrats and pundits: Are schools totally diverse and integrated? Do we have adequate and well-maintained schools with improved test scores and graduates? Has the quality of education improved in Indiana and across the country? Are you aware of the coming changes and that busing may become a relic of the past? How much longer will the country (taxpayers) tolerate the high cost of maintaining a failed system?

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  • Viewpoint: Politicians creating instability in public schools

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  • Viewpoint: Academic standards process a model for other states

    The State Board of Education is scheduled to adopt Indiana College and Career Ready standards at a special meeting on April 28.

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    April 19, 2014

  • Viewpoint: Tree City USA distinction laughable I thoroughly enjoyed your April Fools' editorial announcing that the city of Anderson had received the Tree City USA distinction. Had I not realized it was a joke, I would have choked on my coffee. I was a little concerned that you did not announce to some of the less enlightened readers that it was an April Fools' joke.

    April 19, 2014

  • Letter: Local business gives valued aid to Girl Scouts The Girl Scouts of Central Madison County would like to thank the local Coca-Cola Distribution Center for their wonderful support.

    April 16, 2014

  • Letter: American people still don't know the full truth I think the last presidential election may have been the most corrupt one in the history of this nation.

    April 16, 2014

  • Letter: Public should get informed about fracking The League of Women Voters recently offered the viewing of "Gasland part 11" at the library. There were eight people there including myself.

    April 16, 2014

  • Letter: Indianapolis will be the winner with reservoir There have been many articles in The Herald Bulletin both pro and con about the proposed Mounds Lake reservoir. Let me put my two cents worth in, and I am sure that is how some will take it.

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