Vail Valley Voices: How do we improve American education?

Sal Bommarito

The simple truth is that many families in this country don’t put a high priority on education. After all, it takes 13 years to finish high school and another four years to earn a college degree. That’s 17 years that parents must regularly cajole their children, and 17 years that they must feed, clothe and provide shelter without any return on their investment.
The problem with education in this country lies not with the children, but with the parents. If parents don’t continually emphasize the importance of education, only the most self-motivated students will ultimately become independent of their families and the state.
Currently, the vast majority of funds allocated to education are for tuition, scholarships, lunches and books. Only a miniscule amount of money is being used to help parents become better parents.