Letters: Best preschools foster critical thinking skills


The commendable letter, “For better education start with curriculum” (Wednesday), cites course content in schools that has waned since World War II. An even prior productive start has been emerging: pre-kindergarten school training, but one based on a bottom-up approach to learning.

Adequate research shows that where preschool teachers are caring enough about their wards to take the time to foster the child’s own search for solutions to his or her questions, and are trained to do so rather than the top-down method that depends on teaching facts or using casual unstructured play, that bottom-up approach does a better job of developing children’s cognitive skills.

Children must be encouraged to be open-minded, discerning and inventive about their growing experiences. At least a plurality of our electorate has not been inculcated with adequate critical thinking ability. For this, inquisitiveness about any subject must be encouraged at the critical pre-K stage.

ALLAN BROOKS, WEST PALM BEACH

Law targets deaths

in domestic cases

As the Post reported, “Police: Man shoots wife, cleans SUV,” (Thursday), at least 10 women have been killed in the past year in Palm Beach County by their current or former partners.

While the spokesman for the county’s State Attorney’s office is certainly correct that familial cases are difficult to predict, there are things that can be done to prevent this lethal domestic violence.

State Rep. Lori Berman has filed a bill, HB 1103, that would require law enforcement officers to take temporary custody of firearms at the scene of domestic violence. It would also ensure that during the very dangerous period when a temporary injunction is in place, the accused would be prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

This is much-needed legislation that could reduce the number of deaths from domestic violence in Florida.

MARILYN KLOMPUS, WEST PALM BEACH

Kudos for calling

out Trump rhetoric

My husband and I thank you for your editorial, “Condemning anti-Semitism is good. Action would be better” (March 3). You put the blame for the rise of anti-Semitism squarely on the rhetoric of candidate Donald Trump.

You are also to be commended for pointing out that President Trump has not taken responsibility for the increase of racism due to his embrace of the white nationalist vote.

While it would be difficult to believe that Trump would own his part in anti-Semitism’s rise, calling him out on this is important and we thank you.

LOIS REMICK, PALM BEACH GARDENS

Trump health plan

a lose-lose-lose

I was so pleased to see the Trump health plan explained. I think it should be named the Marie Antoinette Health Plan.

The losers would be the poor (who cares about annoying poor people?), the sick (you are already sick, what do you expect the government to do?) and the elderly (we know what lies ahead for us … a6 feet under).

Excellent, sir. Let them all eat cake.

PATRICIA GUSTAINUS, BOCA RATON

Thrift store items

should not be taxed

Why are thrift stores having to tax customers when everything they sell has already been taxed at full value?

Other states, including New Jersey, have areas where this is not the case.

Most people who shop in these stores watch every cent and this can add up, especially now with the newest tax.

DOREEN SHEINMAN, WEST PALM BEACH



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