This letter is in response to Mr. Phil Noble's “guest editorial” of 1 February titled “Mogul an unhealthy influence in state politics.”
Since I don't know Howard Rich or of his alleged political involvement in South Carolina because I have only lived here for one year, I would like to counter-point several other comments by Mr. Noble. They are:
1. First, and foremost, Mr. Noble implies that private school vouchers are a bad decision. I would like to point out that beginning with the book Why Johnny Can't Read published in 1955 and continuing through to today, our modern public school system, founded in the 1930's by John Dewey and his Progressive ideas, has slipped from the best in the world into the abyss of mediocrity that no amount of re-centering of test scores can prop up. 
Mr. Noble's comments clearly reveal his support for more tax and the senseless spending of additional money into a generally anemic educational system that is championed by the uncompromising teacher's union (National Education Association (NEA)) whose humanistic agenda is far more about social engineering than academics. 
Regardless of whether one looks at the prolonged---scores of years---poor results of achievement testing, the dismal high school graduation percentages, still the poorly prepared students who do receive a high school diploma, the appalling lack of school discipline, the permissiveness of student dress and conduct, having to station armed police officers in our schools, the increasing cases of ethical misconduct throughout the chain-of-command of many school systems across the USA, the too often examples of too many teachers conducting themselves in word, dress and deed that is very unprofessional, and a growing distain to instill a sense of patriotism into our students to perpetuate the American culture  initially established through our Declaration of Independence, all glaringly manifest themselves to the public as a failed system. Certainly, if America's public school system was a “for profit” business, it would have gone out-of-business many decades ago.
2. If Mr. Noble's interest was truly the academic preparation of the children in South Carolina to meet the demands of our global economy, then, he would welcome private school vouchers; however, from the long list of individual politically charged words and phrases that he chose to include in his editorial, one can discern that he is just as extreme as those he is accusing of being “far-right.”
And what is the definition of “far-right.” Well, there are many other indicators of a person who is very conservative in his or her political preference, but in short, those who are “far-right” want to “maximize” individual freedom while “minimizing” the power of government particularly the federal government. By today's definition of “far-right,” our Founding Fathers would be so recognized.
I suggest that Mr. Noble's choice of strident words and accusations reveals his personal agenda could be categorized as left-leaning. Since his editorial stated that he is a businessman, then, I won't suggest that his political views are “far-left,” but I do suggest that he embraces greater government interference into our lives including growing to even greater levels of bloated bureaucracy our cash cow, inept public school system.
For the sake of our children, we need to sweep away loggerhead politics, in this case surely influenced by the entrenched NEA that is sitting off-stage in Mr. Noble's article, and give the private school vouchers their day.
 
Michael Greenstreet
Persimmon Woods Drive
N. Charleston
 
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Response to Noble column

  • Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Dear Editor,
This letter is in response to Mr. Phil Noble's “guest editorial” of 1 February titled “Mogul an unhealthy influence in state politics.”
Since I don't know Howard Rich or of his alleged political involvement in South Carolina because I have only lived here for one year, I would like to counter-point several other comments by Mr. Noble. They are:
1. First, and foremost, Mr. Noble implies that private school vouchers are a bad decision. I would like to point out that beginning with the book Why Johnny Can't Read published in 1955 and continuing through to today, our modern public school system, founded in the 1930's by John Dewey and his Progressive ideas, has slipped from the best in the world into the abyss of mediocrity that no amount of re-centering of test scores can prop up. 
Mr. Noble's comments clearly reveal his support for more tax and the senseless spending of additional money into a generally anemic educational system that is championed by the uncompromising teacher's union (National Education Association (NEA)) whose humanistic agenda is far more about social engineering than academics. 
Regardless of whether one looks at the prolonged---scores of years---poor results of achievement testing, the dismal high school graduation percentages, still the poorly prepared students who do receive a high school diploma, the appalling lack of school discipline, the permissiveness of student dress and conduct, having to station armed police officers in our schools, the increasing cases of ethical misconduct throughout the chain-of-command of many school systems across the USA, the too often examples of too many teachers conducting themselves in word, dress and deed that is very unprofessional, and a growing distain to instill a sense of patriotism into our students to perpetuate the American culture  initially established through our Declaration of Independence, all glaringly manifest themselves to the public as a failed system. Certainly, if America's public school system was a “for profit” business, it would have gone out-of-business many decades ago.
2. If Mr. Noble's interest was truly the academic preparation of the children in South Carolina to meet the demands of our global economy, then, he would welcome private school vouchers; however, from the long list of individual politically charged words and phrases that he chose to include in his editorial, one can discern that he is just as extreme as those he is accusing of being “far-right.”
And what is the definition of “far-right.” Well, there are many other indicators of a person who is very conservative in his or her political preference, but in short, those who are “far-right” want to “maximize” individual freedom while “minimizing” the power of government particularly the federal government. By today's definition of “far-right,” our Founding Fathers would be so recognized.
I suggest that Mr. Noble's choice of strident words and accusations reveals his personal agenda could be categorized as left-leaning. Since his editorial stated that he is a businessman, then, I won't suggest that his political views are “far-left,” but I do suggest that he embraces greater government interference into our lives including growing to even greater levels of bloated bureaucracy our cash cow, inept public school system.
For the sake of our children, we need to sweep away loggerhead politics, in this case surely influenced by the entrenched NEA that is sitting off-stage in Mr. Noble's article, and give the private school vouchers their day.
 
Michael Greenstreet
Persimmon Woods Drive
N. Charleston
 

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