Job creation and public education are directly related. The lack of commitment to public education, straight up through our colleges, results in an under-educated population unprepared for the high-skilled, high-tech jobs of the future in Florida.
For example, 50 percent of our high school graduates require some form of remedial classes (basic skills) when they enter colleges in our state. We are like a third-world country in terms of literacy and mathematics.
What should be done? Based on my 40 years as an educator I propose:
1)Stop looking for people to head up the Board of Education who are “cronies” of the state’s politicians. 2) Stop trying to drain public school funding by “privatizing” public education with charters and vouchers. Education is not a “business,” it is the bulwark of our democracy. 3) Do not institute “merit pay” for teachers based on test scores and once-a-year supervisor evaluations.
Beth Morris, Boca Raton