I am waiting for a chance to read the fall preview of academic programs at area secondary schools.
When will we learn about the teachers? It is worthwhile learning the high achievement levels and trophies earned by students in these programs.
State-supported tournaments for academic programs would be so thrilling to watch. Each teacher should have at least two assistants and get as much newspaper publicity as varsity athletic coaches.
What criteria would determine who becomes player of the week in a foreign language or in a science?
Would there be an academic director to rival the sacred position of athletic director?
We need a hall of fame for academic excellence and at least five newspaper pages a day devoted to high school academic performance. At the end of the season, there should be an academic banquet for scholastic honors. The Beacon Journal would pick students of the year in all academic programs.
I would like to read about 25-year veteran teachers of English, Spanish or French. Why doesn’t the Beacon Journal put together articles that speak about the foreign language learning opportunities at Ellet, Nordonia, Tallmadge, Copley or Stow?
Is there a depth chart for enrollment in science, advanced placement history, and government in Medina and Ravenna?
Why isn’t attention given to academic programs instead of the never-ending coverage of football competition among these same schools?
Would schools stand a better chance to gain public support from voters for school funding issues if there was as much publicity given to academic programs in August as is now mistakenly given to football teams?
I think so. Talk about misplaced priorities.
David J. Gruccio
No place for moral virtue
If using gas on the Syrian people elevated a civil war to a moral issue, why is it not being decried by the Muslim communities? Why aren’t the ayatollahs and imams controlling or at least admonishing their followers to stop the killing?
The war in Syria is a religious war between the Sunnis and Shiites and their extremist sects. Both sides hate the United States. Any military involvement by the U.S. will only add to the slaughter, not justify our great moral virtue above our allies and other nations of the world.
Osama bin Laden knew he could destabilize the United States and damage us economically if he could entice us into military action in the Middle East. Haven’t we learned this lesson yet? Let the Muslim people resolve their moral plights within their Muslim culture.
Going in circles, the right way
Obviously, the writer of the Sept. 3 letter “Traffic going in circles” does not know how to use a traffic circle properly. A traffic circle is designed to keep traffic moving safely. A “yield” sign does not mean stop.
A driver is supposed to keep moving and keep right when entering the circle and move to the inside lane, after signaling, when it is safe to do so.
When the driver comes to the street he or she wants, this driver should signal to again move right and exit the circle. What is so difficult about that?
If one cannot negotiate the simple Tallmadge traffic circle, one should never drive in Paris, France, Washington, D.C., or Indianapolis?
Bruce C. Mize