CHILDREN DO NOT NEED TEACHERS TO LEARN. Beyond the 3rd grade. We need to stop blaming teachers when children cannot read, write, spell and do simple math. All a child need beyond the 3rd grade is text books and a desire to learn. Some things has taken away childrens desire or will to learn. To much technology that does the work for them. Computers, calculators and Word Perfect. I went to McDonalds and my order came to $2.89 and gave the cashier $5, a dime and a penny and she could not give me change because the computerized cashier was down. Even when it is working she could not count my change back to me. I know a kid who dropped out of the 10th grade because he was failing and bored. After ditching school for almost a year and spending the day in the library. He got his GED, went to work for AT&T at age 18, took a few classes at the community college and is not supervisor making over $100,000 a year with $10,000 yearly bonuses. There are many children like him. Bill Gate dropped out of college. Teachers have not changed. Our children has. If a child pass the 8th grade and cannot read, write, spell and do simple math, he or her parents should be arrested for child neglect.