Students need support from home
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A recent issue of the Bee-Picayune contained your light criticism of the BISD board for the low rating achieved by BISD schools and also contained the story of the superior academic achievement of Kennedy Trevino, which suggests that a quality education is available in BISD.

While I agree that the board bears ultimate responsibility for providing the assets and, more importantly, the atmosphere needed to permit each student to attain as good an education as his/her genetics will permit, and while everyone connected with BISD could probably improve their performance a little or a lot, and while I laud the wonderful support provided by the Barnhart Foundation to BISD, I believe the most important factor for academic achievement is found in the story reporting Ms. Trevino’s remarkable record.

Notwithstanding her obvious capacity to learn, I am confident that she would not have achieved her current level without the devoted effort of her parents reported in the news story. When she was but a child, they read to and with her often (in my view the most important thing a parent can do for a pre-school child). They encouraged and supported her in her efforts. I suspect that she knew that she was expected to achieve in accordance with her talents.

I posit that if all the students attending BISD schools had such support, BISD would regularly receive outstanding ratings, and I congratulate Ms. Trevino, and particularly her parents, for a job exceedingly well done.

Tom Healey
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