Vail Daily letter: ‘No’ on 3A, 3B |

Vail Daily letter: ‘No’ on 3A, 3B

Aristotle said that a school consisted of someone who wanted to learn something, someone with knowledge to share and a place where they could sit and talk. So why do we need Taj Mahals such as Battle Mountain High School to educate young people? Wouldn’t the money be better spent in developing a curriculum that helps young people learn the skills they need in life? Wouldn’t it be better to spend money on finding out what will lead young people to be eager to think and develop skills on their own initiative instead of force feeding them with the same tired old recipes which manifestly do not work? Wouldn’t it be important to understand our own culture, its place in and contributions to the world?

We are rearing and educating generations of young people who have little knowledge or understanding of Western civilization’s roots. If they don’t know where we’ve come from and how we got to where we are today, how are young people to know where we’re going? They’ve not been equipped with a compass. From personal experience, I have seen far too many cases where young people are not sufficiently numerate or literate to compete effectively in the real world. So, again, I ask, why the need for Taj Mahals and ever more technology?

Where is the cost/benefit analysis? We know what the costs of 3A/3B are. The bond issue will cost us about $233 million in principal and interest, and the mill levy increase will cost $7 (or is it $8) million a year for at least eight years. When added to the present school district bonded indebtedness that brings the total to nearly $500 million. What are the benefits that justify such expenditures?

As I have never seen satisfactory answers to these questions, I will vote “no” on 3A/3B.

Tom Chastain


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