Mark Sweet recently wrote a letter that stated our education system is failing (Readers' Forum, Sept 11). He is wrong. The public education system cannot be "failing" as it was never a successful institution in the first place. It has always been a haven of convoluted, ineffective rules, bureaucratic curriculum, lax teaching standards, pointless testing and a mindset that the duty of a school is to control the creativity of its students.

The solution is not to pump more money into the system, but rather to take a careful look at what policies are and aren't effective and enact necessary reforms. We should be teaching our students vital life knowledge and skills instead of teaching them how to cram statistics and formulas into their heads so that they can ace their next test.

Jason Berntson

Salt Lake City