School officials, raise the bar

Published 8:32 pm Monday, October 10, 2011

To the editor:

I find myself in complete agreement with your Oct. 4 editorial, “Raising expectations.”

It is a disservice to our young people to tout school accreditation as a high goal. In order to compete against students from India, China, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, and a long list of other countries that score higher in testing on math and science, students need to be better than the minimum set by the commonwealth of Virginia.

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How to get them there is the challenge of our age. The elected School Board needs to require more of the staff; the staff needs to be more effective; and parents need to be more focused, responsible, and somehow more accountable.

John Newhard