Regarding "Masters of Our Own Fate" (Forum, Sept. 15) by Esther Bush: It was good in that it was well-written, informative, enlightening and inspiring. I am not an expert on education. It is a broad topic, where much has been researched, written and discussed. What I do know is there must be parental and child involvement. What are their responsibilities? Ms. Bush puts the onus of learning solely on the teacher and that will not work. Teaching and learning are a two-way street where teachers teach and students study.
When I was a student at Schenley High School, I attended an assembly where an educator said he did not believe learning is easy, that it requires hard work. When I attended college, I was informed that for every hour in class, two hours of study are required.
In April 2004, I attended an event marking the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education at Carnegie Music Hall. A conservative lady who was on the panel said African-American students spend five hours a day watching television. A liberal lady later stood up and said she was outraged by that statement, and the audience responded in a loud uproar. I thought how could the achievement gap be narrowed if students are watching that much TV a day.
When President Barack Obama accepted the Democratic Party nomination for president in 2008, he spoke regarding aid for education. He said government cannot do it all. "Turn off the TV set," he has said. His wife, Michelle, sets a good example by not allowing their two daughters to watch television during the week because they are required to study.
Regardless of a student's level of education, they should study.
HARRY C. WARD JR.