Maria Glod's Nov. 10 front-page article, "High Achievers Leaving Schools Behind," noted that many high-achieving students in Fairfax County are moving out of underperforming schools. Fairfax School Superintendent Jack D. Dale wants to change the law so that only students who "don't meet testing benchmarks" are able to switch schools. The article said, "It also means that resources spent on transfer students aren't going to the students who need them most, some educators said."

Now only underachievers "need" the resources most? How fair is that? Don't the next generation's doctors, accountants and rocket scientists deserve the same resources?

The sooner we recognize that education problems are caused by shoring up underperforming schools and not rewarding good schools, the sooner we will raise the bar for all children. The poorly run schools should be allowed to fail, like any other enterprise.

This country spent $832 billion on education in the last school year, according to the Education Department -- that's more than twice the amount ($402 billion) the administration first proposed for defense in next year's budget. So why do we have the world's best military and a second-rate education system? Because the military rewards winners and jettisons losers. In education, it is sadly the opposite.

DAN MYERS

Fairfax