U.S. students have been rated No. 30 in the world. Is there a solution to this? I retired from a business where employees are paid on performance – doing the best for their customers. Hard working sales people do well, and are paid well, while others merely get by. Is there a reason teachers can’t abide by the same standard?

U.S. crime may not be the worst in the world but it could perhaps be lowered 70 percent if the polygraph was used. I know of a case where money was missing from a business and both employees denied taking the money.

The polygraph person tested the first person and said “this person didn’t take the money.” He then tested the second person and said, “This person has a problem.” The person with the honest face denied taking the money but a few days later admitted to taking it. A jury wouldn’t stand a 30 percent chance of convicting this person, but our conviction of wrongdoing may improve 70 percent with the use of polygraph. 

Stowe Parker
Gastonia