GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

Letters/My View

July 18, 2013

Letter: Student loan rates headed in wrong direction

To the editor:

Education is the key.

It is the key to productivity and international competitiveness. It is the key to the informed citizenry that is needed in a democracy. It is the key to learning how to maintain one’s health and to planning one’s career. It is the key to success for both individuals and for countries.

We know that, but we are behaving as if we didn’t. We have laid off hundreds of thousands of teachers. More and more of our children are being taught by first-year teachers, with no experience in teaching.

We are making it harder and harder for poor and middle class students to afford college. In Canada, 51 percent are educated beyond high school, while in the US, only 42 percent are. We rank 16th in the percentage of our young who go beyond high school.

In education, the U.S. is falling behind, and now, Congress has made it more difficult for our young people to get a college education by doubling the interest rate.

Let’s do all we can to support representatives and senators who understand what is happening and give real support to education.

MILT LAUENSTEIN

Gloucester and Exeter, N.H.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Letters/My View

NDN Video
Jenny McCarthy Engaged to "New Kid" Kate and Will Land in Oz Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Bay Area Teen Gets Prom Date With Help From 'Breaking Bad' Star Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 1 WATCH: Women Fight To Marry Prince Harry! O’Reilly Launches Preemptive Strike Against CBS Pixar Unveils Easter Eggs From its Biggest Movies Baby Sloths Squeak for Their Cuddle Partners in Adorable Video Miley Cyrus Hospitalized After Severe Reaction To Medicine Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Toddler climbs into vending machine 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Much-Anticipated 'Gone Girl' Trailer Finally Debuts! (VIDEO) Dog and Toddler Wear Matching Outfits in Adorable Photo Series VP Biden: "World witnesses ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things" It's Official! Michael Strahan Joins "GMA" Blood Moon Time-lapse Actress Lake Bell Goes Topless The Five Weirdest Local Taxes in America