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Opinion Letters Your child’s future is at stake

In the ’70s the USA was #1 in the world in education. We are now 16th in the percentage of adults 25-34 years of age who hold an associate, bachelor, or advanced degree. For years N.C. was a national leader in education. In the past two years the Republicans have made drastic cuts in educational funding and we now rank 45th in per pupil spending. Romney thinks students should "shop around" for the "best education they can afford." He even talks of doing away with the Department of Education.

How your child compares educationally with other American students is no longer the issue; the competition is now with students from around the world. South Korea, Canada, Japan, Norway, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Australia, and France all rank higher than the U.S. in education.

If Republicans continue in control and continue to ravage educational budgets our children and grandchildren will not compete successfully and our economy will not grow. I'm a retired educator and have taught in public and private schools and at the college level. I know the value and importance of education. If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

Gene Tunnell, Ph.D. — Sylva, N.C.


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