Letter to the Editor

Our children always deserve the best education

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Thanks to our Sunday School classes, we are all familiar with the story of David and Goliath. Unfortunately, we are seeing something similar being played out before our eyes today. A behomoth has rolled across a smaller opponent, leaving havoc and devastation in it's wake.

No, this is not a scene being witnessed on CNN or Fox from the former Soviet Union with Russia rolling their tanks across the smaller but more valiant Republic of Georgia. No, this scene is literally being played out before the eyes of parents and students who attend school in Mount Pleasant, who are, in my opinion, being systematically run down by fiscal tanks in a hostile takeover attempt.

It has been my privilege and duty to listen to the plight of teachers who are first overworked with large class sizes and then forced into positions they were not prepared for. I also hear of students who have had their teachers reassigned after the first critical week of classes. This is an unnecessary disruption to both students and faculty, and one that could have been easily avoided if those in charge at Melbourne had listened to those under their supervision.

Perhaps I do speak out of turn. After all, I don't have any students in either school. In fact, I am simply an innocent bystander in a situation that appears to me to be the equivalent of a academic drive-by by one school past another. And I will be the first to admit that in any situation there are at least three sides to any story: his side, her side, and somewhere in between the truth. But I do think that what I have heard is alarming and cause for parents, faculty, and those within the state government to come together and investigate where money is being spent and who might be getting short-changed.

Regardless of how the courts have mandated we rearrange our schools, let us not forget one thing, they are our schools and those attending our schools are our children. The courts cannot mandate away our responsibility to ensure that each of our children be given the highest possible quality of education. All that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good people to do nothing.

Matthew W. Adam
Cave City