I am in complete agreement with your editorial, "Educating the Secretary" (Sept. 11). As an educator for the last 30 years I feel Education Secretary William J. Bennett has overlooked some important points.
First, it is a rare student today who, having brains enough to enter college, will spend five years in a major leading to one of the lowest paid and least prestigious professions in America.
Second, parents must become more meaningfully involved in their children's education. In many families, both inner-city and suburban, the students' needs are simply not relevant enough to the parents' agenda. If parents lack a real interest in education usually their children will share that disinterest.
Next the students' school day averages five to six hours at best. This leaves them 18-plus hours for numerous non-academic influences to take hold.