Please allow me to share two quick thoughts on your excellent editorial of Feb. 24, “What the courts see.”
First, Superior Court Judge David Roper said, “I don’t understand why our schools cannot teach children to read, write and do simple mathematics.” The answer is very simple: Four- and 5-year-old children are now entering school with the very same habits, behaviors and attitudes that Judge Roper encounters every day in his court. That creates quite a challenge for teaching even the basics. A small fortune has been spent trying to identify at-risk learners in the womb. Identifying them is the easy part.
Second, parents without even a notion of self-respect bring their children to the schoolhouse demanding respect for themselves and their children as if they were the sole client. The small part of society that remains on Superior Court Judge Danny Craig’s “little melting glacier” lacks the courage to do anything about it. Any effort to create change would be met with howls of intolerance. Simply put, we fear the hassle that would be sure to come.
Yes, that sounds a lot like surrender.