Letters: May 8, 2006

America's Dropouts: Who's to Blame?

Students. Teachers. Parents. TV. The Education President. Zero expectations. Feverish expectations. Our story on high school dropouts, as seen through the prism of small-town Shelbyville, Ind., brought plenty of mail--and lots of theories about who's at fault and how to help America's latest lost generation

I'm in my fourth year of teaching high school art, and I agree that there is a crisis in education [April 17]. I see kids wearing $150 shoes but complaining that they can't afford pencils or notebooks. Another problem is the antiquated way the school day remains set up. Seven to...

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