Melissa Eddy (1/10, Letters) urges us to appoint school board members instead of having them elected. That is not the answer to the problems of the Kansas City School District. The real problem faced by the district is lack of support from the community.
The reason for the lack of support is because of the lingering racist attitudes manifested by the lack of passage of a single bond issue to improve the schools since the ’60s. When the black children showed up in the Kansas City area, the white people began to scatter north, east, south and west. If you look in the yearbooks of the ’60s and fast forward, you see the vanishing white faces that used to be in those yearbooks.
We as a community did not have to do this. We could have come together and supported the schools, but we did not. It was not necessary to build magnet schools to appease white people and try to entice them to come back to the district. All we really needed were good teachers, good books and good equipment. We just do not have the will power.
Clarence Edmondson Jr.