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Undying sad news stories about college acceptance and scandals of SAT, ACT officials: simply unimaginable.My husband and I raised our four children here in Jeffco. Two attended Pomona High School, two Arvada West High School. They all took the SAT and ACT. Three of them were National Merit Scholarship finalists, one a semi-finalist.Being an outstanding student means diligent hard work. Nothing else!In those old days, convenient fancy gadgets weren’t available like these days. Books were essential materials for informational education. Even some books published by Time-Life had good cultural information on the other side of the world.Buying books were a ritual task for our family then. Each week we made a grocery list. Oh, that grocery list got shorter and shorter after crossing out many items for books. Books for science, nature, U.S. history, world history, classics, English literature, arts, information on classical music, ect. We hoped our children growing up well-informed all around. Period.Since then, so many years have gone by. Things are fine and well for all.Yet, I still am wishing that I was a better parent to help with their education, for better education.Good education builds up one’s confidence, self esteem, self respect and dignity for life. How sad for those young people who were shortchanged by the thoughtless actions of their own parents! How sad!Jung Lew,Arvada
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