The As I See It (9/9) observations of Deborah Solomon regarding the absence of values from public school teaching are, indeed, sobering and distressing. She suggests vouchers to allow parents to choose private, religious or charter schools for their children so that students can openly be taught strong academic, religious and moral training. May I suggest an even more appropriate way this can be accomplished? Begin at home. I find that many children lack even the basic “please” and “thank you.” Ask for it, and they give you a questionable look of “What are you talking about?”
Recently I attended a high school football game to enjoy my granddaughter’s marching band participation. I was appalled at what I observed: inappropriate dress, and in some instances, the lack of dress, as well as the unabashed touching between the population of both sexes to the extent that I overheard a policeman at a concessions stand ask a couple to take their activity elsewhere.
My question: Did the fathers and mothers see their daughters leave the house that night? Did they know who they were meeting and where they might be going? Come on! Schools cannot do the job of the parents, but together the schools and the parents can correct and stop these unacceptable behaviors. Teach the values at home, see to it that they are heeded wherever they go, and launch a hue and cry to all educators to stop encouraging this nonsense and madness in our schools.
Claire A. Kuddes