Old measuring systems are not best for schools
I agree with your grouping all previous branding of our "Education Measuring Systems," but disagree with your hope that the goal be "one-size-fits-all."
Our problem is the uniform education system. Measuring system improvement using competitive testing has no correlation to improvement in student learning.
At best, improving test scores means that each student learned an increased percentage of the body of work to be mastered.
We insist that our students learn using a competitive model. While competition skills are an important part of life, they should not be used as a measure for mastering most knowledge and skills. The fact that someone knows anything less than 100 percent of the curriculum identified creates cascading "holes" (as Salam Kahn of Kahn Academy identified) in their individual knowledge and skills. We are all different and need learning systems that match our individuality -something our time and uniform production line education system does not address.
So the "Common Core" measuring system with its long-form testing provides a new dress-up for an antiquated system so it can be sold as the latest and greatest solution. It will go the way of its predecessors.
RICK TENER, Eagle
Studies show path to healthier living
This week's issue of Time magazine brings more documentation that vegetarians live longer than their meat-chomping friends.
A six-year study of 70,000 Seventh-Day Adventists, published in the current issue of American Medical Association's prestigious Journal of Internal Medicine, found that, vegetarians and vegans have a 12 percent lower risk of death.
This is but the latest evidence linking meat consumption to diseases that kill 1.3 million Americans annually. It comes only two months after a discovery at the Cleveland Clinic that carnitine, contained in all meat products, is a major factor in heart failure.
Similarly, an Oxford University study of nearly 45,000 adults in last January's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vegetarians were 32 percent less likely to be suffer from heart disease than people who ate meat and fish. A Harvard University study of 37,698 men and 83,644 women, in last year's Archives of Internal Medicine, concluded that meat consumption raises the risk of total, heart, and cancer mortality.
Indeed, each of us can find their own fountain of youth by adopting a meat and dairy-free diet. An Internet search on "vegan recipes" or "live vegan" provides ample resources.
IKE SCHNEIDER, Boise
Slaughterhouses keep populations down
Regarding the article on wild horses, which appeared in the June 6 issue of the Statesman.
If left to themselves, they would reproduce beyond the carrying capacity of the range. I think this has already happened. This is a problem where livestock and native wildlife occupy the same range.
Keeping them in holding pens is a waste of taxpayers' hard-earned money, when the government is so deep in debt.
My point is, we should reopen the horse slaughter plants and utilize the horses for their meat and hides This would be much better than letting them starve to death, or euthanizing them and letting them rot. Also it would provide employment for many people.
Some people oppose this, and I'd like to hear a good reason why. They don't oppose slaughtering cattle, hogs, sheep and poultry; so why not slaughter horses?
HERB KILLAM, Wilder
When eating out, take off that cap
I wish to address two distinct issues. I'm amazed at the number of men I've observed wearing hats while dining in restaurants. Sadly, too many have been veterans. My dad, who fought in the Korean War, raised his sons to remove their caps upon entering a building. Can only imagine what may have ensued had one sat down to the table with head adorned.
Recently while confronted with some major health issues and not having met our deductibles, we were told we'd have to pay half for an MRI before the procedure. While waiting for my husband, I noticed a sign (one in English and one in Spanish). I suddenly wondered what would have happened had we been "undocumented," not able to speak English, and had no insurance? Hmmmm.
Kudos to Mr. Labrador for trying to make such people responsible for their own health care. Guess that is the reason those of us abiding by the laws are penalized by the system. Health care is not a right, especially for illegals.
DEB KLICK, Boise
Woman deserves help for stopping rape
As an old Pocatello gal myself, I am very proud of my fellow Pocatellian, Angie Smoot, who was terribly injured while stopping an attempted kidnapping and/or rape at Boise Towne Square Mall.
Now, after two weeks in the hospital, Angie is home and being cared for by family - all of whom have had to take leaves from their work.
Surely if anyone deserves financial help, it is Angie and her family. Has anyone or any organization set up a fund or a drive to help with medical and ongoing expenses for this lovely lady? I know that I, for one, would be proud to contribute.
GENNIE MCLAUGHLIN ISON, Boise