Letters to the Editor

National standards don't help

I am appalled at the vote of the state school board and the comments from the chairman about the federal government and education.

Chairman Tim Moore said the following: "I hear people say the federal government is taking over. This is the United States of America. We should not be opposed to the federal government because we are the federal government," he said. "We're all in the same boat. ... There's nothing wrong with the federal government."

So we "are the federal government" ... an interesting statement. I thought you were on the S.C. Board of Education. You obviously should not be in that position and know very little about education. In Horry County every school is different and needs to be catered to differently. Just as each student is different and a great teacher handles them as individuals. We had the greatest education system in the world until the federal government started getting involved in education. And then Jimmy Carter put it in free fall when he created the U.S. Department of Education. (And by the way, the Department of Education never educated anyone ... not one child.) The money that is wasted at the U.S. Department of Education is beyond a normal person's comprehension. The parents and voters of Horry County know what is best for their children (and that is why we are excelling). The people who made up national standards do not have any idea what is going on in Horry County, New Jersey or anywhere else in the country. This is another behind-the-scenes takeover of local government, nothing more and nothing less. And in the end adopting a national standard will do nothing for the children of Horry County. It is just another waste of time and shows that our S.C. School Board is a waste of taxpayers' money. By the way, our state school board never educated a child either. The money would be better spent in our classrooms.

The writer is a member of the Horry County School Board.