Education has changed

Elizabeth Everitt’s column on Jan. 10 may be seen as being written in retaliation to Rep. Bill Taylor’s statements on Jan. 7, and she quoted him as saying public education has not changed in decades and needs to get away from the status quo. Everitt, I would venture to say that Taylor was being kind although I did not read his article. Both Everitt and Taylor are mistaken but also have valid points; however, I wish to share with the readers of the Aiken Standard a real teacher’s perspective. Readers can also be assured I speak the truth since I am not in a political position.

Education has changed drastically:

1. Taxpayers waste much more money per child than ever before. More money does not equal better education. We do not need more money; we need divine intervention. 2 Chronicles 7:14

2. Discipline has become a thing of the past. Giving candy and other rewards to students to bribe them into performing better only makes them feel entitled to getting something when they should be learning responsibility.

3. Not allowing teachers to take old equipment like overheads with them to a new facility for backup not only is a grave mistake, it is another example of wasted money.

4. Technological advances have been a double-edged sword. On one hand, these advances do help to entertain the students to hold the attention of ADD, ADHD, EH, LD, and other types of students who would not behave otherwise; however, the technology has given parents a choice to keep their students at home and still be enrolled in public education through the S.C. Public Charter School District (

I would strongly suggest that traditional public education systems embrace these new online systems, work with the administrators of those systems, as well as the parents who have chosen that route. I was told for 28 years as a traditional public school teacher to be innovative. Now is the time for our traditional school systems to do the same.

Sheri Gossett