At least that is what our governmental administrators and legislatures are saying, and no doubt that is the belief of the general populace.
The U.S. ranks 33rd in National Test Scores out of the 172 countries in the world. However, when you compare the test scores to other countries that believe all students should receive a free public education. (Oh, none of the other countries that score higher than us educate the entire populace). The exceptions are countries i.e. Norway, Sweden, Denmark, which have a population about the same as Montana with no diversity.
I had the opportunity to grow up in Chiefland and play several sports. I now live in South Florida and I never thought I would envy or have a desire to return home.
Now every week I read the Citizen and I am so proud of what our coaches are doing with their athletics. I had the privilege of playing beside some of your coaches and against them. I also taught school and was on the same coaching staff with a few.
In reply to Ginger Fuller's letter of last week ...
I am the first one to admit I know nothing about sports — love the kids but sports is not my cup of tea! But I have been around long enough to see and know the impact they make on our kids. I know a little about families and those without. I know a lot about relationships and "needing to belong."
I know first-hand about compassion when life hurts! I know that there are kids out there that get no encouragement at home, or direction for that matter.