Shrink class size
Teachers frequently have to stop their lessons because too many kids are talking. Not only is this a waste of time, but it is a problem that could be avoided if there were fewer students in each class.
Class sizes should be smaller to increase student achievement and offer teachers more flexibility. With fewer students in each class, there would be fewer distractions, which would result in higher grades.
Students in smaller classes also maintain higher grades because they can interact more with their teachers and receive individualized attention frequently. Reduced class sizes allow teachers to help struggling students and to adapt their lesson plans as needed.
Some may claim there is simply no room in the budget to employ more teachers to create smaller classes. However, student success is not an area that can be compromised. It should take priority when it comes to funding.
For the betterment of students and teachers, school districts should reduce class sizes.
Chants of war
On Aug. 3, 1914, the British people surrounded Whitehall and Buckingham Palace, chanting, “We want war!” They were expecting a six-week war. It ended up being World War I.
Perhaps the GOP candidates, in the next few months, will be able to formulate a true solution to today’s affairs so as to quell the potential chant they are building today.
William J. Perry is roughly seven decades late, warning there’s “real and growing danger” of nuclear warfare (12-30, A16, “Former defense chief fears nuclear attack”).
While he championed the bomb beginning in the mid-20th century, a cause he now regrets, others including me were condemned publicly by the House Un-American Activities Committee for opposing its manufacture, stockpiling and use.
Although he’s right that the present danger is “not well understood” by the public, I take no satisfaction from observing that Perry has finally come around to my way of thinking to explain the horror he helped create.
As a high school senior struggling under the weight of college choices, I know firsthand the large influence college costs have.
Because of my slightly different economic background, I am left with only a small amount of money from my Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Besides scholarships, my only other choices to pay for college are the small amount my parents can give me and student loans. Almost every student in the United States who wants to attend college has to choose: Insufferable student loan debt or not receiving a higher education?
I believe this is an unfair choice.
Students should be able to get college educations without coming out the other end $50,000 in debt. I implore those in charge of college costs and those in charge of federal financial aid to look for ways to decrease the cost.
Maybe it will take a while, but with our representatives’ help and the cooperation of the people of the United States, we can make college affordable again.
All along we have been concerned about Republican presidential candidate and billionaire Donald Trump’s hair. Our concern has been misdirected.
We should have been concerned about his eyesight. He saw thousands rejoice over the 9/11 terrorist attacks when no one else saw them.
I think the least we can do is if he is elected president, furnish him with a seeing-eye dog.
We beg to differ with people who think we have heard enough negative news about Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. To the contrary, we want his misdeeds kept fully public between now and the next elections, both national and state.
Even though Brownback cannot again run for governor, his associates can.
So, by all means, keep telling the electorate how bad things are and how much worse they will get if we do not change direction drastically at our earliest opportunities.
Allyn and Kathryn