I'm a 1963 graduate of Gloversville High School. I remember attending GHS with many intelligent "kids" - today's doctors, lawyers, business people and professionals - men and women alike. It's difficult for me to believe those classes from yesteryear suffered any significant deficiencies in English or mathematics. So what has happened to our local schools and the quality of education that they offer now? It seems reasonable to believe that our children start as "blank slates" and that they aspire to learn what we teach them. However, you would think there would be some early signs that "the system" is meeting its educational objectives, perhaps through the Common Core testing.