I was reading the racist comments that State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal wrote anonymously on the Internet and wondered why are most Arizonans supporting him, like me?
I have known Mr. Huppenthal when he was a state senator and representative. I had a private meeting with him to be considered for a grant he had for improving performance in elementary schools with eye skills conditioning therapy taught inside the schools. This was in the late 1990s. I had an ex Harlem Globetrotters player as my considered trainer to teach these drills to elementary school teachers and physical education teachers statewide. State Sen. Huppenthal had a grant that would pay for this pilot program. I presented my vision skills conditioning program to Mr. Huppenthal, along with others, gave him a workbook of some of the drills that could be done for elementary school children. I never got my workbook back and never knew who he rewarded the grant to. I heard later that Mr. Huppenthal’s children attended charter school.
I feel it is wrong for all Arizona taxpayers to make us pay for free charter schools (private schools) for the privileged, which Mr. Huppenthal supports. I believe elementary school education is boot camp for jobs in Arizona. We have many high school graduates or dropouts who cannot spell, do math, read efficiently or write properly. Is popping a stimulant medication the answer for subpar performance and high dropout rates in high school? How is that working?
Dr. Jeff Eger