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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 6 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Bountiful, UT

I see Bill's point, but ...

If a person is well prepared and wants a quality education, they would not be well served going to a college or university that specializes in taking people who lack preparation in high school. Such schools would spend too much of their time trying to make up for what the students didn't have when they came in the door and consequently will never achieve the heights they otherwise could have.

I see this in our secondary schools in Utah today. Now that everyone is mandated to take Algebra and Geometry, these subjects are taught at lower levels than when I went to school and the only students who took these subjects where students who wanted to and who were well prepared.

Cedar Hills, UT

Entitlement mentality moves everything to the average. It raises the lower half and lowers the upper half. In academia, it is good for low achievers and bad for high achievers. Competition mentality segregates everything into winners and losers. It is bad for low achievers and good for high achievers. There are other more unifying mentalities that are good for both low and high achievers. Unfortunately, they require selflessness and never work in societies that consume their lusts.

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