In response to Peter S. Pierro (Your Views, Aug. 17): Lucky me, as a student I grew up during the “Golden Years of Education” as Pierro described. This was in Enid, where I benefited greatly from dedicated, committed teachers who gave me an excellent education, K-12. They prepared me so well that I tested out of 25 semester hours at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University and managed to graduate from OSU in 1960 in three years and a summer — all the time working my way through. I couldn't have asked for anything more. I owe those “Golden Age” teachers everything, including my relative success in life. A good foundation means everything.