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State systems influenced too much by teachers' unions

An educated person would never allow his children to attend government schools. And if you think about it, this is an excellent standard that could be used in determining the educational competence of our society at large, the Stanford Achievement Test notwithstanding.

Merely ask: Would you send your kids to public schools? A brainwashed dunce will answer, "yes," and an educated person will answer, "no."

West Virginia's political, economic and educational systems have been influenced, to a very large extent, by the powerful teachers' unions, who have used our democratic system to further their own ends. And finding no intelligent opposition in the marketplace of ideas, these unions and their handpicked politicians have, over the past several decades, run roughshod over our countryside, over our institutions and over our people. And, as it is with warfare, "To the victor belong the spoils."

Sometimes the ugly truth slips out, and it's so shocking that most folks don't know what to do with it. West Virginia ranks 17th in spending for education, and this works out to be $6,109 per year for each student. With these enormous funds available, the good news here is that we could completely dismantle our state's government school system and send all of our kids to private institutions.

Richard N. Swecker

Morgantown

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