I was recently substitute-teaching for a middle-school health class of boys and girls. AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases were the topics. The students began to discuss every kind of issue and question you could possibly imagine while laughing.
I looked at the paraprofessional who was in the class and said, “Did you notice that there are churches and parishes on the major street corners around this school and yet you can see they are having a minimal impact?” She agreed with me wholeheartedly.
In my opinion, issues surrounding the public schools — including the possibility of going to vouchers — are among the most pressing and important facing our nation.
I respect the fact that clergy are busy people tending to the concerns of people in their communities. However, I would like to challenge them.
Please take time from your busy schedules and substitute-teach in the public middle schools and high schools in your community. Or consider exploring vouchers for school choice.
I believe the result of this would be a renewed emphasis on the need to continue to address the moral issues and character training related to our youth.