While I don't pretend to be an expert on the subject of education, the commentary by Larry Schmidt and Dallas Dance ("What kids need to compete," March 2) is yet another in the series of opinion pieces by "experts" appearing in The Sun overlooking the essential ingredient to any plan hoping to build a better education for our children.
That essential ingredient is the parents. Boring perhaps, but as with most things, start with the fundamentals first. Get parents on board, improve those that are already on board, and you'll probably get to skip past half of the hurdles you currently have in the classroom and finally enjoy the pie in the sky which makes up the bulk of these expert opinion pieces.
Peter Bell, MonktonCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun