Race to the bottom
The state's predictable response to plunging FCAT scores was to lower the standards. As a society, we seem hell-bent on racing to the bottom on every conceivable standard of achievement.
The U.S. Department of Justice sued the city of Jacksonville last month because minorities had significantly lower passing grades on firefighter exams than white applicants. It's not clear why English-language exams based on English-language materials regarding fire-suppression techniques, fire-rescue procedures, how different types of fires burn and how building regulations and building construction methods affect firefighting can be considered racially discriminatory. But in modern-day America any standard that results in a minority group member failing a class or a test of any kind is automatically considered discriminatory and must be met with litigation or lowered standards.
A society on the ascent strives for excellence, but a society on the decline accepts, encourages and rewards mediocrity and failure.
Jeffrey P. Meyer
Don't lower bar
I don't claim to be a well-educated person, but after moving down here I am beginning to rethink that. I cringe every time I hear someone speak these words: "I done seen that," "I ain't got …," "I done did that." I could go on and on. Please, don't lower the bar in education in Florida.
I do have something nice to say about Floridians that Northerners could learn from them: They are very polite people.
Backward with Romney?
Just wondering what Maizie Ballans (" 'Forward' with Obama," Letter of the Day, May 17) would say if this were the "Green Bay Tribune?" The Wisconsin state motto is "Forward." It is written on the state flag and the state quarter. Would she let her child play forward on the basketball or soccer team?
I guess if she thinks forward is bad, she'd rather we go backward. Is that Willard Romney's agenda? Does she know that according to Mitt and his fellow Mormons, they believe that only Mormons can achieve the highest places in heaven? Does she know that if she is not Mormon she cannot enter a Mormon temple? Why isn't she afraid of the Mormon agenda?
The real slippery slope is believing all these conspiracy theories. Please, get educated, and make your choice for president and any other elected office based on the facts, not on some unfounded, bigoted opinions.