Ruth Schaffer in her letter regarding the problems with education has unwittingly zeroed in on one of the critical issues. She says as a society we are spending nearly four times as much per pupil for education as in 1961, and therefore the problem is not failure to spend enough for education.
Well, duh! In 1961, I could buy bananas for 12 cents a pound, gasoline cost less than 40 cents a gallon, a loaf of bread was 23 cents, and -- well you get the picture. In terms of the value of the 1961 dollar, we are spending a lot less per pupil than in 1961.
Clearly, as a nation, we have lost our interest in public education.
I challenge Ms. Schaffer to rethink her position, and then to urge our legislators to spend more (perhaps double) on public education, and thus to show the world as well as our students that we care about their future.
Walter Everett, Lewisburg