Closing Johnston Is Just Closing the Symptom

RECEIVED Wed., Oct. 3, 2007

Dear Editor,
    The plans to close Johnston High School in East Austin because of perpetually low test scores is a reminder of the unfathomable ignorance so common in the halls of power [“Naked City,” News, Oct. 5]. Surely the decision makers involved in this sat through some college lectures where Maslow's hierarchy of needs was discussed. If they had paid attention, they would know that expecting children who are raised by Spanish speaking, uneducated, struggling parents, to compete academically with children who are raised by relatively rich, comfortable, educated, English-speaking parents is as ridiculous as the Bush regime. Holding all children up to the same academic standards is neither intelligent or civilized. The narrow-minded people who want to close JHS because of test scores are not serving this community, they are abusing the children and faculty at JHS. Such people should not have any have power over others. They should be helping the people, not peeing on them.
John O'Neill
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