Re: “Teachers not being well-prepared” (letter, 6-26).
The reason that today’s teachers seem to be less academically prepared than those of the 1940s and ’50s is because knowledge has at least quadrupled since then. With the proliferation of knowledge, made even more possible via computers and the Internet, it is not only possible to know more, but also teachers can now go to the Internet and find lesson plans and methods, based on brain research, to more effectively teach any subject.
As a nation, we have argued enough over what every American should know; never will everyone agree. But the national standards which have been worked on for many years with a lot of input have now finally decided what every student should know at what grade level.
For 40 years, confusion reigned: Teach cursive or not? Teach the keyboard and at what grade level? Evolution versus creationism? We will continue to debate and nitpick, but now teachers know what to teach, what their students must learn and, best yet, they are exploring and learning the best ways to reach the vast majority of students because of brain-based research.
I regret that diagramming sentences will probably no longer be taught. But I am happy that my grandson will be expected to write well, something I was not taught, or taught effectively, when I went to school in the 1950s.