If all our schools were modeled after the Hilt School, we might have [fewer] unemployed young adults wasting their time and taxpayer dollars on county jails and prisons [“Askville: To the Hilt,” Sept. 5 Xpress]. Many kids are lost in school before the second grade because they learn best by doing and not [by] hearing.
Many parents have high expectations for their children to succeed and get good grades but have little or no interest or knowledge about what they are doing. … Some kids have no idea of how to get on with life after high school. They have no confidence when applying for work, no idea how to bank a paycheck and really feel doomed in a world they feel they have no right being a part of.
We have always prided ourselves as a country of rugged individuals, good citizens and strong families. I think we need to have more small schools where teachers could focus on each child as an individual, instead of being under the gun with test scores. Children who feel successful in school become stronger adults and good citizens in their communities. We will always need good plumbers, builders and electricians, and college is not for everyone. But a good education should be.
— Rose DiStefano