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op frGetting an education is about reducing ignorance. Whether it’s in a rural second-grade classroom or at one of this nation’s elite graduate schools, learning is all about gaining a better understanding of the world around us. That might mean studying the religion of another culture or unraveling the DNA of a sea turtle, but the idea is to seek to understand.

That said, I want those who would be our educational leaders to embrace this concept, that of helping students broaden their understanding of the world in which we live. Unfortunately, at least one candidate running for school board in Haywood County displays such a depth of misunderstanding that by my estimation he is not qualified to serve on the school board.

op usTo the Editor:

What kind of country is ours? That’s more than an idle question to a foreign-born gentleman who is studying with my help for his citizenship test.

The textbook he was issued calls the United States a “democratic republic.” That’s what I thought too, and have been coaching him to say. But what if it’s not true? Are we becoming — or are we already — an oligarchy?

Monday, 13 August 2012 00:00


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