USA Today Letter to the Editor - June 4, 1999
EDUCATION MORE THAN MONEY
In its article on rural schools, USA TODAY equates a lack of construction funding with poor educational standards in the nation's rural school systems ("Rural schools left wanting," Cover Story, News, Wednesday). Unfortunately, the impressions of South Carolina's Anderson Mill Elementary School were misleading.
While we do not deny that adequate resources and facilities are important in delivering a quality education, we take exception to the article's insinuation that Anderson Mill is somehow offering a superior curriculum based on the fact that its construction was funded to the tune of $10.6 million.
THE COUNCIL FOR GLOBAL EDUCATION believes that a modern education involves much more than a modern facility.
We know that incorporating a curriculum that integrates values and character development results in children and adults who are more capable and more driven to succeed in a modern society. That's true regardless of the architectural structure that surrounds them.
We also know, as reported in a recent study by the American Legislative Exchange Council, that throwing money at our schools won't solve the problems that ail them.
While we support efforts to fund clean and safe schools, we also believe that money spent to construct schools that are pleasing to the eye would be better allocated for constructing curriculums that are pleasing to the mind and heart.
Sunita Gandhi, President
The Council for Global Education