In his argument in favor of funding public education, Fred Ash got it right that, “…the most important factor in student performance is the quality of teachers” (“Utah’s public education system,” Aug. 19). However, he also states, “…some districts have even hired leaders with no professional teaching experience to run their districts,” as though only experienced teachers are qualified.

Funding of education may not be controversial with a superior curriculum, but public educators have led us down a path of curriculum deficiency since the 1960s. For centuries, teachers of classical education recognized the value of memorizing long poems and placed a heavy emphasis on hand writing. New research in neuroplasticity has confirmed the tremendous impact these exercises have in strengthening fluency in language and symbols.

The incremental exercises that public educators have removed from curriculum have a powerful effect on brain development and future learning ability.

Lara Evans

Salt Lake City