Editor,For over 25 years, I worked as an advisor/recruiter for all the health professions at Weber State University. One of the glaring differences in applications to our programs (radiology, nursing, medical technology, health information, respiratory therapy, health sciences, dental hygiene and emergency medicine) was real academic skills. One of my duties was to go to area high schools to speak to health occupations and science classes about how to achieve success in our programs. I always asked the students which school subject would do them the most good in their lives. I would get various answers such as math, science and eventually someone would say English. Bingo! I would tell them that all the subjects are important, but if they cannot read, comprehend, retain, write and understand the vocabulary, all of those subjects go out the window.