Letter: Breakup of traditional family unit directly tied to demise of public schools

Editor:

In Sunday’s editorial, you claimed that the introduction of the voucher system began the decline of the traditional public school system. I disagree. The decline of the public school system began long before that. It began in the homes of our country.

For many reasons learning social skills was not a priority in some homes. Students lacking in these skills were disruptive in school.

Educators were gradually deprived of the power to provide the discipline needed to control these students.

Parents who wanted an atmosphere more conducive to education looked to private schools for this - many at significant financial sacrifice.

This began long before the voucher system. The voucher system is a result of this transition, not the cause. The public school system is not at fault. The cause is the breakup of the traditional family unit. It’s about priorities. We all find the time and money for the things we value. Educators can&# 039;t be expected to teach and “raise” our children. Values are not taught, they’re caught.

Jerry Joels

Cottonwood

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The_Uppity_Peasant 1 year, 6 months ago

The problem is that "social skills" tend to convey certain expected attitudes and behaviors. What may be right for some is unacceptable for others. We certainly can agree on some fundamental rules of civility but even this is debatable. Some parents EXPECT their children to be taught how to behave, how to obey authority or even the appearance of authority. This is indoctrination not education. It is the parents' job to teach beliefs, not educators. You do this to my kid and I will hunt you down and have some fierce words with you. I do not support the education system being utilized to indoctrinate our youth into mindless submission to ANYTHING. They should be taught to be citizens who can co-operate and follows laws they had a hand in making. If our youth were properly educated they would be much more rebellious and outspoken and not so complacent, compliant, and submissive. If you believe in submission, convert to Islam! The Founding Fathers would be appalled at both Democratic and Republican parties (their ideologies, behaviors or lack thereof), if they lived nowadays they would be independent, not some right-wing religious lunies!

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