EDITOR: I find it interesting that three pages apart in Friday’s paper were an article stating that Santa Rosa schools want to spend $800,000 to $1 million to create a single track system to allow every high school student to qualify to directly apply to the university system (“College prep has broad support”) and an article about the UC system agreeing to guaranteed acceptance of students who successfully complete a UC-designed junior college program (“Some junior college students guaranteed admission to UC”).
If the current two-track system prepares some students for direct admission to a universities and others for admission to community colleges or technical schools, doesn’t that provide those on the bubble a better path to university admission? They may not be ready right out of high school, but two more years of study and maturity may be just their ticket.
The current system also supports students who have no desire to be college-bound seniors but who will go to technical school and fix your computers, or your cars, or become a contractor, or find one of so many other careers that don’t require a four-year college degree.
It just makes me wonder if the educators at various levels ever talk to one another.
EDITOR: I was expecting a letter castigating Israel’s response to the latest Palestinian attacks, and sure enough one appeared last Tuesday by Fran Dayan (“Cruelty in Israel”). These attacks are more than delegitimization of Israel. Their stated goal is to wipe Israel off the map and replace it with a Muslim Brotherhood-ruled state.
This letter seems to imply that if you are critical of Israel, you are a thoughtful, caring human being, and there will be some kind of magical process that will somehow stop the hostilities. This kind of talk is futile and counterproductive. Hamas is a terrorist organization. It is anti-Western, anti-Semitic, misogynist and anti-intellectual. Letters like this suggest that while Hamas threatens and attacks Israel, it is only Israel’s response that warrants close attention and scrutiny. This is a doublestandard.
Hamas has used the past 11 years to build an arsenal and assemble terrorist cells and weapons, deploying women and children along the border and encouraging breaches, aware that Israel would have no choice but to appear to be targeting innocent people. Hamas celebrates death. It calls Jews “targets to be exterminated.” Dayan and her fellow Hamas sympathizers need a reality check.
EDITOR: I have been extremely impressed in recent months with the stories of children and young people in this country who have stood up for what they believe in and made their voices heard. This was exemplified by Monday’s article about Pavel Karabelov, a 13-year-old eighth-grader from Rincon Valley Charter School who won the national Drive2Live PSA contest (“Homework chore pays off for Santa Rosa teenager”).
From gun control to the #MeToo movement, more and more young people are stepping up, and I am proud of them, proud of their teachers and especially proud of their parents for raising children who aren’t afraid to get involved. These are the voices who will truly make America great again.