Letters to the Editor

Teach the basics

I totally agree with Diane Koch’s Oct. 6 letter, Students need a more solid foundation.

Having grown up in Miami and attended Miami-Dade County Public Schools in the mid-’50s and ’60s, my classmates and I were immersed in Warriner’s English Grammar and Composition. We worked hundreds of examples from that small, thick book, along with diagramming a million sentences.

Did we like doing these? Absolutely not! But we learned and we learned well.

Just as Koch pointed out, students need to learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide before they can solve word problems. The same goes for grammar, spelling and punctuation.

It’s all about repetitive practice until it becomes part of the brain. Our school system needs to wake up and focus on teaching the basics of English and math.

Amy Lomaskin, Miami

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