In Monday’s issue of The New York Times this week I found interesting letters to the editor. The letters were all placed under the headline “Your Assignment: Analyze Homework” The New York Times is interesting in the way they format their letters to the editor. A lot of thought goes into which letters are published. In this issue of the paper there was a split between letters from “experts” in the field or simply put people with knowledge of the subject as well as students who are the “victim” so to say of the article in question. The New York Times also includes a little bit about the author of the letter rif they can. Most of these “experts” are cited as having written some sort of book or another on the subject. The article to which all of the letters are addressing was about homework and whether or not it was necessary. One letter in particular stood out. The letter was written by Etta Kralovec “The writer, an associate professor of teacher education at the University of Arizona South, is the co-author of “The End of Homework.” ” Kralovec agrees that homework may not be necessary for children. She brings up an important point though. She writes about the fact that a different teaching approach would have to take place in order for homework to be abolished. This approach would take extra training and while it is possible it would be very difficult for many public schools to provide this training. This letter is particularly important because not only does it’s author simply agree with the article she also brings something new to the table. She adds to the discussion.
You can find the letter here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/19/opinion/your-assignment-analyze-homework.html
In USA Today the letters to the editor were based on a more serious matter (well at least to adults.) The letters were about an article on a company named Solyndra. Solyndra is a solar panel company. The letters are selected from various areas around the US which is good but, they don’t show why these people’s opinions are important. Of course one could argue that all opinions are important, but…c’mon. Take for example the letter written by Edward Hoffman. Now Edward if you ever do read this I apologize for singling you out. I simply want to use you as an example. You see Mr Hoffman did seem very passionate about this matter. He thinks that solar power is an unreliable source of energy based on the fact that bad weather disturbs it (more or less.) The point I am trying to make is sometimes people can come of as somewhat educated in their passion. Yes solar panels need sun. This does not mean the solar energy is a bad choice. In the way were are going without alternate energy sources we will all die. I mean way sooner than we are already going to die. All I am trying to say is that everyone is entitled to their opinions. Sometimes opinions can be formed with less information on a subject. I feel if you are going to take the time to write to the editor at least be as informed as you can on the subject at hand.
The letters can be found here: http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/letters/story/2011-09-18/Solyndra-solar-power/50457348/1