Once again Marysville School District is asking for approval of levies. The first is actually illegal. The state constitution requires the state to fully fund the schools. Passing levies which in part pay salaries just lets the legislators off the hook. They were ordered by the Supreme Court to fund the schools. Let them do it. Make them do it. Don’t cover for them. They obviously have money, since they gave themselves an 11 percent pay raise. Did any of you get an 11 percent pay raise? Time to pull the plug.
The second levy does have some provisions that I can go with, but don’t tell me it’s important to teach elementary kids about computers. Anything you teach them now about technology will be obsolete before they get to high school. Wait until the last two years of high school to teach computers. In all likelihood the kids will know more than the teachers anyway. I’ve worked in the computer field from the ’70s and I can tell you that it advances so quickly that the school district simply will not be able to keep up anyway.
Teach the kids to use their brains, not a computer. Give them paper and pencil, teach them to read, write and do math. Teach them to research and understand how to solve problems. When they near the end of high school, give them a computer and get out of the way. By then they will know how to learn, research and figure things out. And maybe, just maybe, Marysville School District will be able to finally drag itself out of the bottom third of the national ranking.