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EDUCATION: Many schools are succeeding

Letter by Mike Duffy, Olympia on Feb. 21, 2012 at 12:02 pm with No Comments
February 21, 2012 2:52 pm

Re: “Tweaks won’t cure flawed system” (letter, 2-20).

The letter writer made two serious errors. He reported that a group of white Marines didn’t learn history, and from that example he concluded schools are failing.

While the Marines defended their shenanigans (posing in front of a Nazi SS banner) with ignorance, I contend that they not only knew it was a Nazi flag, but took pride in the symbolism as a designation of their swift and lethal response. Of all the flags in the world, why would this one be chosen?

As far as history in the schools, it is taught and learned well by most students. Here in the South Sound, there are many examples.

Classes at Bethel High School publish history projects that receive state and national awards. Several other schools score very well in history bees and team competitions in history, and some get to attend national shows. The general population learns 50 more years of history than we did as boomers.

Look at your own schools for for projects and assemblies that kids put together to teach history to one another. I’m thankful to the public schools for all the good they do.


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