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With emphasis on school sports, we will slip further behind

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To The Daily Sun,
Laconia High School students continues to fail at math. Their proficiency level is stalled at about 22 percent. The same level prevails across the state. This dismal average has continued year after year with no discernible effort made to improve our students ability to compete! (None that has had any record of success!) This seeming indifference is over-shadowed by the school's emphasis on games and sports. (Look at the trophies in the lobby.) Plainly put, this constitutes a grievous misconception that this prevailing inequity can continue even as we struggle to gain employment in a world market-place!
We have a fatal attraction to games that puts academic achievement in near limbo status! Scholastic success doesn't have anywhere near the acclaim, attention and euphoria generated on the playing fields and courts .Do we ever have a banquet or parade for classroom achievement? Most of the young boys playing football on the new state-of-the-art field cannot pass mathematics or science exams! Does that make any sense whatsoever?
We are not competitive with Asians, they will garner the high-tech jobs, and unless we make a drastic changes in our evaluation, we will slip further behind most industrial nations as we become a service-oriented country on a much lower wage scale!
Unless we bite-the-bullet and admit we are haphazard and indifferent to meaningful change in education, we may, in future years, be dominated by elitist-military corporations that further divide people into two classes: the poor and ignorant and the wealthy!
Leon R. Albushies
Gilford