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A real education is hard because that's what it is: Hard work
Federal Way Public Schools superintendent Tom Murphy is another foolish intellectual who ruins our schools for compassions sake (April 19, Opinion page, Tension of testing and states shortcomings endanger public school system).
I am a New Yorker by birth. I took Regents exams (more than one) in high school. They were very similar to the WASL in intent, including the fact that my future depended on my success. There werent multiple chances, either. At the end of the year, you either did or you didnt. The ones who did graduated with a Regents diploma and entered New York colleges with little effort; the ones who didnt well, life is a challenge, isnt it?
If Mr. Murphy wants to give kids all the beauty of our culture, then teach them to work very hard, love learning and study very hard. Make sure they have good foundations reading, writing and math. Teach them how to use the library and the Internet, because they are both the source of self-education. Teach them life is rarely fair, so face the challenges with courage. Teach them self-improvement is the never-ending key to success. They have their entire lives to listen to the soaring language of Shakespeare and the moving themes of Mozarts symphonies.
Education up to university level only builds the foundations of knowledge. The house is build by the adult.
Modern education is a total failure when it comes to teaching a person how to love learning and continue their education into adulthood. Education must be painful and difficult because the foundations must be strong and secure. Hard work isnt a punishment, it is only a path toward maturity.
Kathleen Mary Hensley