At it again

It would appear as if Mr. Paul Rinker, after a conspicuous absence from the opinion pages of the Sun-Gazette after his failed attempted to gain a place on the ballot for the upcoming 2017 School Board election, is back and at it again.

In a piece entitled “A Better Future”, Mr. Rinker gives due consideration to the benefits of automation as something not to be feared but rather to be utilized in a more productive and liberalizing workplace, all valid points. However, Mr. Rinker, as usual, can’t stop himself from looking for every opportunity to demonize public education, and by association the dedicated educators and administrators who oversee it.

His relentless crusade against public schooling leads him, time and time again, to conjure nebulous lines of connectivity between the most obscure of things and Teachers whom he has attacked in the past as “arrogant”, “superior” and “ineffective”.

He ends his recent manifesto on automation with the semantically-flexible assertion that, “The real challenge of automation is that education needs to change…(and) schools have to stop producing mind-numbed robots and begin to prepare students for a world in which every person is more creative.”

I was thinking of Mr. Rinker’s imagined world of “mind-numbed robot” students this morning as I was preparing breakfast at 7:30 a.m. for my 16 year-old daughter, who voluntarily gave up 6 weeks of her summer to attend a 5-hour long World History class each morning, Monday thru Thursday, in order to make room in her Junior year class schedule for Art and Chorus.

If Mr. Rinker ever makes it onto the Montoursville School Board, perhaps then he will share with us exactly who these “mind-numbed robot” school kids are within the District? Certainly, they weren’t the same class of vibrant, excited and accomplished Seniors I saw at the recent MAHS Graduation Ceremonies, among whom was my 18-year old daughter, who begins West Virginia University in the fall in the ‘Musical Theatre, B.A.’ program.

The lack of ‘creativity’ is the challenge, Mr. Rinker? Not hardly. Rather, the lack of respect for the exceptional educational system within the MASD and elsewhere, and for the teachers who do the work, is the bigger challenge we face.

Michael Luna


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