It’s nurture that determines potential

It seems that Mr. Kundu failed to read the statement on the Marysville School District web site: “… members of the board of education share a common vision for the Marysville School District. We seek to find ways to provide not just an adequate education for our children, but an excellent one.

It seems that Mr. Kundu failed to read the statement on the Marysville School District web site:

“… members of the board of education share a common vision for the Marysville School District. We seek to find ways to provide not just an adequate education for our children, but an excellent one. It is our belief that every child in our community deserves the very best educational experience possible. Every child has the potential to achieve success in life if given the right tools to do so.”

“every child” – We don’t see any exceptions to this statement of purpose.

In our opinion, to solicit a discussion about the shortcomings and lack of ability of certain minorities is contrary to the published goals of the school district.

Mr. Kundu’s lengthy apology is minimally devoted to apology, and then goes on to explain and support his reasons for initiating the conversation. He attributes his about-face to “research” he conducted since sending the email.

The word research implies “… investigation or experimentation aimed at the discovery and interpretation of facts … “(Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary).

In a matter of a few days time Kundu was able to research and then reject the philosophy of the source for his email — J. Philippe Rushton — an advocate of racial inferiority and eugenics — who would never agree with the statement on the website:

“Every child has the potential to achieve success in life if given the right tools to do so.”

Mr. Kundu failed to realize that it is nurture — not nature — that determines a child’s potential.

Matt and Irene Gordon

Marysville

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