Set priorities in teaching K-12

When it comes to what should be taught in traditional public schools, parents should be the final authority (“Florida Moves to Restrict Teaching About Sexual Orientation,” The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 25).  That’s why I think that Florida is correct in letting parents assert more control.

The immediate issue there is the trend toward teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity to the detriment of teaching students to read and write. In a perfect world, public schools could broaden their curriculum to include material beyond the basics.  But we don’t live in a perfect world.

When we see students graduating from high school unable to write a coherent essay based on material they have just read, something is terribly wrong.  Spending time on instruction that is not directly related to that goal is to blame.

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