Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

February 13, 2013

Return common sense to education

I have always enjoyed reading Sen. Joe Manchin’s letters, mainly because of his belief in the use of common sense to solve complex problems.

Because of all the tragedies happening throughout the school systems and elsewhere in our country, this has triggered me to write the following letter.

Since, on the morning of Sept. 2, four minutes after nine in 1945 on the deck of the battleship Missouri, officials from the Japanese Imperial Empire signed a document of surrender to the United States of America. That act ended World War II. It also gave us the distinction of being the greatest nation on earth.

After all of this accomplishment, I and others put full trust in the higher, educated individuals to maintain and improve our deserve status. Unfortunately, that has not happened. Instead, in the past 68 years there has been a steady decline in the moral, social and economic values.

I, along with other hard working people, place the blame of this terrible breakdown squarely on the backs of at least 60 percent of the highly educated that have been in charge of running this country.

I want to immediately stress that I have the ultimate respect for the other 40 percent of the highly educated that are struggling to prevent any further decline to our country. We, the people, possessing plenty of good common sense, must step up to the plate and help them.

I want to take Sen. Manchin’s suggestion and be one of those from the mountains of West Virginia to deliver a good dose of common sense to the educational system. This is to say that they should reform enough to be able to follow the guidelines of any successful business.

The answers to my questions from several successful business owners that I interviewed were almost unanimous. They all mentioned three main requirements for success: No. 1 — Good environment; No. 2 — Proper Elements; No. 3 — Strict management.

I have a school plan that I have roughed out to satisfy all of the above. Let’s give our children a proper education so that the countries, states and country will end up with a superior generation of parents.

To complete my opinions at this time, let me ask the school systems respectfully to start next year’s instructional days by “mandating” that all first graders must memorize the following five common core values in the first few weeks of the beginning of school: Honesty, integrity, mutual respect, responsibility and to treat others as we want to be treated.

After this is successfully completed the next five “common core”subjects can proceed to finish off the school year: Reading, writing, math, history and science.

To finalize my request, I recommend that the school system adopt the following criteria to bring about th greatest success in elevating our students to the pinnacle of the education goals:

1. Proper environment.

2. Mandatory development curriculum.

3. Effective management.

Let’s try this because I don’t think we have very much time left.

Nick Boinovych

Burlington, W.Va.

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