In her Guest Opinion titled “Common Core is not what Idaho schools need,” Victoria M. Young, author of “The Crucial Voice of the People: Education’s Missing Ingredient,” listed five elements that make schools effective. While all of those elements are important, Ms. Young omitted the most essential element: active involvement, encouragement and support of parents in their children’s learning experiences. Without that crucial element, I’m afraid Ms. Young and others similarly situated are deluding themselves into thinking that principals and the other elements she listed will be a panacea for what ails education in Idaho. They’re not! Teachers, even gifted ones, have little chance of success if parents are not supporting them or, worse yet, working against them in the education of their children.
Robert Blevins, Garden City