Each month, The Oklahoman's editorial board recognizes a contributor to Your Views for a letter to the editor that exemplifies a timely, fair, accurate and cogent viewpoint. Bill Walker, of Yukon, is the honoree for letters that appeared in Your Views last month. His “Behavioral problems” letter was published Nov. 5.
Meet the writer:
Walker grew up in Temple, Texas, and graduated from North Texas State University with a degree in business administration. He retired from the finance department of AT&T in Oklahoma City. He and his wife, Claudia, have lived in Yukon since 1984. They have three grown children and one granddaughter who attends the University of Chicago.
The release of report cards giving grades on the performance of Oklahoma schools does nothing more than confirm what we already knew and offers no solutions. Some schools aren't successful in providing a basic education. In some districts, half of the schools got a D or worse. To remedy the situation we must start with the failing elementary schools. If these students aren't learning the “Three Rs,” they won't be prepared to handle subjects at a higher level.