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LETTERS

Testing doesn’t work


Letters to the Editor

Mack Paul
H.L. Menken once wrote that “for every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong.” This is most certainly the case with the Reading Sufficiency Act that mandates retention in the third grade for students scoring an unsatisfactory on the reading test.
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Stupendous sushi

 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Inexplicable nonsense


Letters to the Editor

Mack Paul
On a Monday morning several years ago, I reported to work at Noble Junior High School to be greeted by one of my students who informed me that people and dinosaurs had actually lived at the same time.
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

'If Kern needs convincing...'


Letters to the Editor

Mack Paul
The Rev. Steve Kern (Letters, “Fuel for fossil debate,” July 27, Gazette) invites derision rather than serious rebuttal when he writes of “observable evidence that has convinced me that dinosaurs and man lived at the same time,” and bolsters the argument with assurances that he does indeed realize that the Earth is round.
 
Wednesday, August 10, 2011

‘Leap of faith’


Letters to the Editor

Mack Paul
In his Commentary (“Scrutinizing science”), Steve Kern tells us that real education should be about teaching kids to think. If we are to do this, it is important that we teach them the distinction between a scientific theory and a hunch. An idea becomes a theory only after it has been subjected to rigorous testing and peer review.
 
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Gun violence is society's cancer


Letters to the Editor

Mack Paul
Grant “Jake” Goss (Letters, “Councilman misfires with gun comment,” Feb. 16, Gazette) makes an excellent point in his defense of gun ownership when he compares the efforts at gun control with efforts to criminalize drugs.
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Getting schooled


Letters to the Editor

Mack Paul
This, like all criticisms of public education, sounds good to frustrated patrons who believe that lazy and corrupt officials are negligently moving illiterate students through the public system.
 
Thursday, December 9, 2010
 
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