Shamefully ever since the Swift Boat debate over whether presidential candidate John Kerry really deserved his Purple Heart, now when I see a Purple Heart license tag I wonder the same about them, did they really deserve the Purple Heart; I certainly hope so. Again I say shamefully, but the image of the Swift Boatdebate over Kerry remains in my mind. What an awful thing to do to a veteran who offered his life for this country.
The same image is in my mind over the recent release of Delaware school test scores showing an improvement in reading and math. I’d like to think our students are improving, but in light of what I had heard this year from parents and a few teachers where the kids were asked not to perform on the first state test and had answers for the second test to boost test scores is stilkl embedded in my mind.
I realize all schools don’t do that and I’m not pointing fingers. Like with Kerry the image is in my mind. I don’t like the system for testing. I think too much emphasis is put on scores, and the teachers don’t have time to teach kids other subjects or facts of life. We have lost the basics in teaching our kids; too much academic.