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Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006 | Re: “More High Tech Highs.” What a great article. We need much more awareness about the importance of getting the best education possible and also much more about how to get there. It’s too easy these days to accept the false notion that “The system is just fine” or “There’s no need to go out of my way since it’s all paid for anyway.”

Stoorza-Gill ends her message with “The start of a new school year provides an opportunity to imagine what is possible and make a commitment to achieving it. Too much is at stake to ignore it.” The message should truly extend to the start of schooling and not just another school year.

Our educational systems are a one shot process from beginning to end. The fancy remedial opportunities we provide students and educators do not make up for lost time and inadequate results. Worse: They are simply white wash for the damage done by inadequacies of the existing system.

Seeking out and requiring the best education possible must be the standard for those entering the system for the first time and every time thereafter. Doing so will place an effective demand on “the system” for additional resources. Stoorza-Gill’s story shows a few good ways to do just that.

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