Competition is the most corrosive thing in our educational systems. When I was working in a hospital, I took certification tests and review tests and tests about policy, etc. The unique thing about these tests was the fact that they were cooperative, not competitive.
When the test was over and had been graded by the computer, you had the opportunity to go back over the questions you missed, review the materials and resubmit your answer to get the question corrected. The point was to teach people, to make them competent; not to rank them. The public educational system should be reorganized into a noncompetitive, success-oriented program, like the hospital system where I worked. Test scores should be used to help students, not to categorize them or punish them.
Protecting the open internet
I want to protect our open internet. Two years ago, the Federal Communications Commission, under Ajit Pai, the FCC’s chairman, repealed the net neutrality protections that make the internet an open and free platform to connect and exchange ideas. An open and free internet is critical for continued economic development and, much more important, for free exchange of facts and ideas.
Recently, Congress introduced the Save the Internet Act, which will restore the open internet protections that were repealed by the FCC in 2017. Although the Save the Internet Act has the support of over 80 percent of Americans, many members of Congress are siding with Big Telecom against this bill. I thank our U.S. senators, Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and my congressman, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., for supporting net neutrality and the Save the Internet Act.
Reacting and responding
Joette O’Connor wrote, questioning why letters to the editor containing ugliness and lack of substantiation are published (“Ugly attacks,” March 28). The folks who write and publish that stuff do so because that is all they have regarding President Donald Trump. They have no policy, facts, substance or logic of their own. All they have is hate, fear, bigotry, innuendo, cover-ups and ugliness. Trump was not supposed to be elected. Hillary Clinton was supposed to be the third messiah (Barack Obama being the second). They cannot deal with the situation. I suggest that O’Connor relax and enjoy the panic show as we approach November 2020. It might help if she watches one or two of Trump’s campaign speeches. They are fun.
Questioning is good
Why is it that whenever people criticize Israel, they are labeled anti-Semitic? Is it possible that said critique is a sincere effort by people who care about Israel to seek a course of examination or correction, i.e. with regard to Palestine, where correction is needed?
I am highly critical of America’s performance in the world today. Does that make me anti-American? Labeling like this blocks opportunity for dialogue and leads to even more polarization between people who hold opposing views. Why can’t I, as a Jew, think critically about Israel, or as an American criticize America?
Ellen Shabshai Fox, LISW
Playing Trump’s songs
President Donald Trump’s top 10 playlist
No. 1, “You’re So Vain,” Carly Simon
No. 2, “Stormy Weather,” Lena Horne
No. 3, “White Christmas,” Bing Crosby
No. 4, “Would I Lie to You?” Eurythmics
No. 5, “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” Hank Williams Sr.
No. 6, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” Paul Simon
No. 7, “Undecided,” Ella Fitzgerald
(first you say you will, and then you won’t)
No. 8, “I Hear You Knocking,” Fats Domino
(but you can’t come in, go back where you’ve been)
No. 9 “Hound Dog,” Elvis Presley
(well they said you was high classed, well that was just a lie)
No. 10 “Ka-Ching!” Shania Twain
(all we ever want is more)