Offsite religious education will interrupt the school day
Continuous learning required
As a retired teacher, I am depressed by the continued attacks on public education.
We have a shortage of teachers and certified professional staff and schools lack adequate funding. We want educators to address the many issues children bring into their classrooms. However, audiences want to dictate which books they can read or how they are discussed.
Our school day is already too short and now we are going to interrupt it to transport the children off-site for religious education. For some readers, the disruption may seem minimal; however, for an educator, this will require another shift in planning and coordination at the expense of lifelong learning.
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Children are not widgets that you can move from point A to point B without consequences. As a young child, I took religious education classes, but they were held at my church on a weeknight. My parents also ensured my religious education every day in our home.
Again, we will criticize educators when our students do not meet our expectations. However, the focus should be on teaching and learning without politics, without vested interests.
Ann Heffernan, Christopher Columbus
Food prices will soar
Without taking sides on the potential Kroger strike (September 20 article, “Kroger Reveals Offer Details”), there is one fact: If you think inflation is particularly bad in the food industry right now, wait until you see her after that. the situation is resolved.
Jack E. Willer, Christopher Columbus
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Bill would support farmers
Regarding the September 22 article “OSU, Nationwide Unveils Agricultural Technology Center Amid Climate Change”: Climate change continues to have a negative effect on our agriculture industry. We need to take various approaches to mitigate this.
The Ohio State University is doing just that with the recent announcement of its Innovation Center. They will foster more research and collaboration between producers and scientists to create a more robust and resilient food supply. Another step by farmers is the practice of regenerative agriculture,
After:Ohio State and Nationwide Unveil Agricultural Technology Innovation Center to Adapt to Climate Change
Converting from traditional fertilizer agriculture takes a few years to produce bountiful harvests, but it is a more sustainable approach. He uses cover crops to protect the soil. The soil absorbs more water during heavy rains, but also survives periods of drought better. The micro-organisms present in the earth make it a living soil, because they feed on carbon and feed the crops.
One of the big results is that this environmental approach will remove carbon from the atmosphere, while improving our food supply per acre.
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Our Congress is also poised to financially support such agricultural approaches like this with the Growing Climate Solutions Act. It passed the Senate last year, but it still sits in the House and needs more supporters.
I urge our House of Representatives to pass this and provide further support to our farmers.
Jonathan Light, Laguna Niguel, CA