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School Vouchers Help Students Eager to Learn

May 07, 2003

Re "School Vouchers Don't Help Neediest Students," Voices, May 3: One may argue that Walt Gardner's assertions of inequality toward "hard-to-teach" students alluded to minorities and the poor being the ones who will be turned away from the better schools. I know of no fellow teacher who would not be willing to work with students who need help as long as they are willing and diligent.

Gardner fails to focus on the real matters of concern that include discipline problems and nonexistent motivation among many students. Those who are serious about their education should have the right to be in an environment of like-minded peers.

This, then, leaves only those who choose not to learn out of the loop, which is why vouchers are an ideal answer to today's educational dilemma.

Francesca Gard

Long Beach

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