I am writing this letter in the position of
a professor of Psychology at (name of University). I would like to draw your attention to
the inadequate funding for universities and research. It has been argued that the
government spends too much money on universities and that a better use of the money would
be for professors to spend more time teaching and less time "on other things."
As it is well known that one of the primary
duties of the universities is to teach inquisitive undergraduate minds and to nurture
budding scholars and scientists. In fact, students learn best about specific subjects when
they have the opportunity to learn from those who actually do the research, who are up to
date and who can help them participate. We all learn best by doing. My own research has
helped children with learning difficulties succeed in school. We have developed a method
for assessing reading and speaking problems by examining how the brain works. Other
colleagues have taken this research and developed ways of helping parents, teachers and
psychologists improve childrens learning. Many of my students have directly helped
in this important work.
It is important to recognize the role of
universities and university-based research in contributing to a strong economy and a
healthy society. We are also hosting a series of lectures on the research we are
undertaking and its relevance to society. The lectures are open to students of all
disciplines and to the general public. We hope to do our part to achieve the goal of
raising public awareness of the diversity of psychology and how it contributes
significantly to improving the health and overall well-being of people in general.