Letters to the Editor

Thursday, March 21, 2002

No funds for English teaching failures

Your recent story about how "893 Storm Lake students don't speak English as a native language" (Pilot-Tribune, March 13, 2002) makes the claim that it takes 7-10 years to teach a child the English language. Perhaps it would not take so long if the classes were truly dedicated to English language acquisition and not "sharing each other's cultures."

I find it supremely appropriate that the state tell the schools, "You should be able to accomplish this goal in this amount of time. If you can't, you won't receive additional funds for failure."

Daniel Marsh,

Via the Pilot's web site,