Letters: Vote yes for Nevis education
Vote yes for Nevis education Just recently, Oprah Winfrey spent two days covering a major crisis in which our community is currently involved. She stressed that unless something is done now, things are only going to get worse, and, most important...
Vote yes for Nevis education
Just recently, Oprah Winfrey spent two days covering a major crisis in which our community is currently involved. She stressed that unless something is done now, things are only going to get worse, and, most importantly, we will all be affected by this crisis. The topic of the conversation was education and how we, as a country, have taken a tremendous drop in our worldwide ratings of quality education.
According to the information provided, the United States is no longer rated No. 1, but has dropped to No. 24 in the world. In addition, I found it to be absolutely astounding that a child drops out of school every nine seconds in the US, an estimated total of 1 million students each year. Did you know that 75 percent of prison inmates are high school dropouts?
Featured on the show were Bill Gates, the most successful businessman in the country, and his wife, Melinda. Because they find these statistics so detrimental to our country, they have been speaking nationwide to bring this serious issue to the attention of the US population. They said an important answer to the problem is bigger schools with a smaller number of children to each classroom. Children need to feel important and not just as if they are another number. Why would we want to cheat anyone of the opportunity to obtain an excellent education? We are talking about our future. They will, someday, be the ones running and making major decisions for our country.
I know, perhaps you don't have children, or even grandchildren, in the Nevis School system, but I'm sure you would like to see the community thrive. With an opportunity for a better education, it can, not only to benefit the younger generations but the entire community, state and country.
We all want to live in a safe, productive and unified nation. For any of you who are being given the chance to vote April 25 on behalf of the Nevis School district, let's start with our community. Vote yes for the school referendum! You won't regret it!