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To the editor:
Braniff, a 14-year-old schoolboy living in a comfortable home and enjoying the multiplicities of youth, is happy and could care less about the costs of universal healthcare or national debt crises. He is American.
Braniff has no political ideology, no taxes to pay and certainly has no opinion about immigration or Social Security. His main concern is his wardrobe, his friends, their video games and his sports agenda.
Braniff has a great attitude toward learning. He likes his teachers, the school and the schedule; however, occasionally Braniff listens, passively takes note and makes a remark, “uh-uh.”
Not true, he says, about a TV politician defending U.S. public education. He knows his school system lacks the capacity to deliver the best education the world has to offer. He knows foreign counterparts are dominating the fields in science. So how is it that an eighth-grader knows?
This is no reflection on the school system Braniff attends. In fact, the system Braniff attends is as good as it gets in most areas of the U.S. Perhaps public education needs an overhaul. The money is being spent. Who is getting the money?
An eighth-grader knows something better is doable. The officials responsible for public education also know something better is out there. This country can send a vehicle to Mars, land it, and send pictures of the Mars surface back to Earth. Why not expect the best public education system in the world? What’s the problem?