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Updated: July 1, 2013 6:14AM



Education shouldn’t just be about taking more tests

What does it mean to be human? What’s the purpose of life? What does it mean to be educated? Must the objective of acquiring wisdom be subservient to acquiring presently assumed knowledge, politically approved facts? Eternal questions, not just philosophic erudition but critical aspects comprising the values of our nation, its people, our children’s needs, our future.

The quest for ever increasing academic test scores in CEO, politically approved subjects obliterates the aforementioned critical questions. Obviously children must be prepared for the job market but is that even education’s primary objective?

Are children mere widgets, entities for corporate, political interests? Can democracy even exist under that philosophy? Does society exist for people or do people exist for society?

Are you, your children to be considered as objects, its, or as “human“ beings, spiritual entities? Is integrity, love, virtue et al as enumerated by humankind’s greatest minds and teachers essential for your children, for society at large?

Or are we majoring on the minors, reducing education to something self defeating for humanity in the long run? Which of humankind’s greatest teachers would have evaluated education solely on the basis of written test scores yet that is the drum beat for evaluating, “improving” “education” now.

Are schools merely “purveyors of government agenda” - Supreme Court definition - or the search for ultimate values: truth, good, beauty? Define the educated person?

These are vital, fundamental questions for each parent in deciding what is best for their children. How parents, society, answer them will determine the future of our children and by extension our nation.

Socrates said the unexamined life is not worth living. Likewise unexamined educational goals are disastrous. Myopic viewpoints by corporate CEOs, politicians can be disastrous for our nation as well as our children. Which philosophy will we emulate?

Gordon Wilder

Highland

New Lake County income tax the last straw for resident

Lake County politicians, you’ve just kicked a hornets nest by passing the 1.5 percent county income tax.

I moved here from Illinois because the cost of living was less. Since I moved here in 2004, gas has tripled in price, the value of my home has decreased, crime has increased, and now this?

There is no longer a reason for me to stay here. If I can’t sell my house for what I paid, I will just rent it Section 8, and Lake County will be the loser!

See ya in Kentucky or Tennessee, I’m moving where I can enjoy the fruits of my labor!

Steven Solomon

Merrillville



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