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Wed, Oct. 23

Letter: Newspaper errors

Editor:

It is plain to see why Arizona schools rank so low by just reading the title line and picture caption of your article, “Study: Arizona schools ranks in bottom four,” (August 3, page 7). We all know that children learn and make life choices from the examples presented to them.

Your newspaper consistently uses poor grammar, poor spelling, and improper (or poor choice of) English.

The example of good grammar and word choice teaches good use of language for effective and thoughtful communication. It eliminate misunderstanding and therefore builds trust and security in interactions in both written and verbal communication.

Perhaps more people (adults and children) can learn to think before they speak, and proofread before they “send.”

Teachers are grossly underpaid for the work they do, and often must give up teaching careers at which they excel to take jobs that pay them enough to live. They have too many children in a classroom to effectively teach any of them.

Teachers often spend their own hard-earned money to provide the classroom “extras” that their district cannot afford.

Many parents do not support the schools and undermine the learning process by providing poor examples to their children by their own life actions.

There are supportive parents too, but they cannot afford to volunteer their time to the extent needed to turn around the trends that are dragging the rankings down.

The recent state population growth seems to be more an influx of mature adults rather than the addition of children and families to Arizona. Perhaps more of these “retired” citizens can volunteer in the schools to help the teachers do their jobs more effectively and be good examples in speech and action.

But, the local newspaper could at least try to police its written words to present good examples for the children (and the adults) of the community.

Virginia Scudder

Prescott Valley

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