There seems to be ever-increasing amounts of money thrown in the direction of education, and yet,on a whole, test scores and general knowledge of important subjects such as history, are declining.

Where does the blame lie? Is it poor teaching skills, apathy of the students, or a hands-off attitude by parents? We live in a society that spends more time trying not to hurt someone’s feelings, than challenging a person to be better.

There is a big push to assert our rights and freedoms with little, or no, emphasis on personal responsibility. Diversity and acceptance are all the rage. People with extreme liberal thinking can say, or feel, any way they wish, and people who care about influences on their children are accused of being hateful and close-minded when they disagree.

Money alone is never going to solve the problems of education.

Mark Pendleton, Auburn

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