We need to value education

To the editor:

I couldn’t quite believe the headline of the Ledger-Transcript last week, “Temple Explores ConVal Exit.” I visualized the townspeople of Temple staring at the red “Exit” signs in the ConVal corridors. But what I read seemed a lot more foolish.

“Why are we in ConVal? Can we do better somewhere else?”

It depends what you mean by better.

If you mean, school districts that pay less for education — probably. If you mean, school districts that offer high quality education — probably not.

I doubt that ConVal has made wise financial decisions every step of the way — what district has? ConVal is still one of the best schools in the region.

What kind of society do we live in? Must we choose between our elderly on fixed incomes being able to keep their houses, and a quality education for our children?

I think not. The idea that we don’t have enough resources to serve both children and the elderly — or people of every age — is absurd. New Hampshire ranks 6th in the country in per capita income. But it ranks 48th in the country in per capita spending.

The money is there. But it seems that the values aren’t.

I am grateful to the vision and generosity of my neighbors. Temple Mountain is now state land. What an incredible gift to all the people, and the wild and plant life of New Hampshire and the United States and the world.

The children of New Hampshire are the future stewards of our state, our country, our world. Let the same generosity of spirit be turned toward them.

In that spirit, may we access the vision to truly frame the problems before us, and to find solutions that benefit society as a whole.

Eve Kodiak


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