Re "An Apple for This Teacher of Teachers" (by Marshall Berges, Jan. 26):
A true measure of the quality of public school education is the SAT scores of college-bound high school seniors. The precipitous drop in SAT scores since 1963 requires that we address the problem of how to select the best method to reverse the trend of declining academic achievement in our country.
Ongoing studies have shown that students show a significant decline in academic excellence in each grade level as they progress through the public school system as compared to students 25 years ago. This progressive decline in aptitude and achievement means that we have a serious problem in educating youngsters at the elementary school level.
Madeline Hunter has provided us with a viable solution to bring about a change for the better in education. Each school district must allocate 20% of its elementary schools as teacher training schools. College graduates with newly acquired credentials would receive on-the-job-training under the guidance of mentor teachers who are qualified in the best teaching techniques.