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Florez right on ed reforms

Recent events emphasize the importance of John Florez's column: "Ed reforms are vital for U.S. to compete globally" (Oct. 15).

Our once-dominant automobile industry is endangered by superior Japanese engineering, especially in the vital area of fuel efficiency. Bill Gates, who is moving Microsoft jobs to India, has warned, "the American high school is a luxury we can no longer afford."

Here in Utah County, we have lost thousands of good-paying computer jobs.

American public high schools don't really teach science or foreign languages. They teach "science appreciation" and "foreign culture appreciation."

One of our sons was a poor student, and we enrolled him in the financially struggling private Cardon Lee School. He learned science, French and a surprising amount of history.

Robert Burton

Lindon