Education is not a commodity

04/03/2014 7:04 AM

04/04/2014 5:41 AM

Re "Teachers union fights new plan by Sacramento and other school districts to address low-performing schools" (Our Region, March 30): The problem with No Child Left Behind and current evaluation practices for schools is that they treat schools like a business. You cannot just fix a school and raise test scores overnight. While it's important to have standards to strive for, the practice of punishing the schools who need the most help is completely counterintuitive.

That being said, it's sad to see so much politics in education. With all the news regarding conflicts between teachers, principals, school districts and state and federal regulations, it's almost as if the main purpose of a school - educating youth - is lost.

-- Kyle Stubbs, Chico

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