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Letters: Considering schools; misleading headline; important mission

Considering schools

There is a South Korean saying: “The quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers.”

As we make serious judgments about our teachers, I wonder how many actually were taught by quality teachers.

Schools of education have not always attracted the best candidates over the past few decades due to poor salaries and the lack of respect for the profession.

Math ability often predicts future success.

Perhaps we should encourage choosing people who majored in math as our math teachers. You can’t teach effectively things you do not know and understand.

Testing of children helps in placement of children. Nothing is more boring than hearing something you already know over and over again.

Also, our politically correct bent does not encourage critical thinking.

Consider some of these thoughts as they relate to your own children and your own school system.

— Kay Keglovits, Arlington

Misleading headline

Your Oct. 6 article, “Those who have more gave less,” was a little misleading.

The wealthy actually gave more money, just at a rate 5 percent lower than their previous donations.

Their income tax rate increased by more than 13 percent.

— Tom Kolter, Trophy Club

Important mission

Since 1945, a broad coalition of businesses, organizations and government agencies has stood to support an important mission: employ Americans with disabilities. With the unemployment rate for those with disabilities nearly double that of people without disabilities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this mission is more important than ever.

Throughout October, Goodwill Fort Worth is proud to work with the U.S. Department of Labor to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This campaign raises awareness about the contributions people with disabilities make in America’s workforce and encourages companies to build business cultures that value diversity, respect and employment opportunities for all.

Millions of Americans with disabilities make important contributions to our workplaces, and during October we encourage local employers to look at their hiring practices to ensure they are doing everything possible to recruit and meet the needs of such employees. Making a commitment to employ people with disabilities not only empowers this often-overlooked population, but — as many employers I have worked with will gladly tell you — the commitment will help companies build diversity and find dedicated, passionate and impactful employees.

— David Cox, President & CEO,

Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth

What did I miss?

At a press conference in Dallas, everybody from Gov. Perry to Mayor Rawlings and all the doctors in between assured us that we were in no danger from Ebola.

The five children who were exposed to Ebola by the visitor from Liberia go to four different schools.

Mayor Rawlings said that there is zero chance of anyone getting Ebola by visiting any of the schools.

On the evening news we see custodians wearing full hazmat gear, including gloves and full face masks, sanitizing these schools.

Did I miss something?

— H.C. Moore, Lipan

Economic woes

A letter published last month was from a classic “low-information” reader.

Obama’s record on the economy is terrible. Economist and former Sen. Phil Gramm recently gave this analysis: If the so-called recovery had been even averagely robust, 14 million more people would now be working.

The incomes of the poorest one-fifth of Americans have declined every year since 2008.

Women’s income fell during the recession under Obama and even further during the so-called recovery.

African-Americans have seen a 10 percent decline in income under Obama.

Borrowing money and doubling the national debt to boost the stock market is not a positive.

There is no blue ribbon for supporting the most inept president in our history.

— Dick G. Ellis, Fort Worth

Letters

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