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An embarrassment to education

Letters to the Editor | Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Wow. It is a bi-monthly pleasure to get a laugh out of Mr. Yatarola’s column (“Let’s talk about alcohol, baby” Apr. 15) and to talk with my classmates about how poorly thought out his opinions generally seem to be, but today’s column really is preposterous: “I’m not suggesting it’s good to go through high school drunk. But better high school than college … High school’s largely a waste anyway, needlessly long and hardly challenging (I say this as a high school teacher).”

That is embarrassing for the University and embarrassing for the education system. God help him if this paragraph gets brought up at parent-teacher conferences. I would hope any teacher worth their certificate wouldn’t hold opinions like this. Maybe the education system in this country wouldn’t be “a waste” if people like Mr. Yatarola were kept out of the classroom and off of the editorial page.

Matt Smylie

graduate student

off campus

April 15