Society is surrendering

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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.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/26/13 - 09:02 am
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Oh boy

Excellent remark....

. Simply put, we fear the hassle that would be sure to come.

I think it is time to turn this tide.....we will have a generation of idiots if this continues......just like on the Biggest Loser program....to get results , sometimes you have to get ugly.

If parents & students want respect....they will have to give respect...

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chascushman 02/26/13 - 09:15 am
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“we will have a generation of
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“we will have a generation of idiots if this continues.”
Seenitb4, I afraid it is too late. The public schools have been dumbing down the kids for the last 30yrs. Now we have dummies raising dummies. The last election is a great example.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 02/26/13 - 09:52 am
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The "Rise and Fall".....and

The "Rise and Fall".....and we ARE falling. What's going on in our schools is symptomatic of the rest of our "progressive" country. It simply a fact that our schools have reached the point our elders told us we would reach back when all of this "social promotion" and "no discipline" stuff started back in the 70's. You know, back when all of the Vietnam war draft evaders went to college and took over the education system. The only satisfaction in this for us older folks is in the knowing that those who are a product of this system, and who have spawned the current crop, will themselves one day be old and wondering why nobody is working and paying the taxes that would have provided their Social Security and Medicare. Good luck folks. I don't think those kids you have spawned are capable of funding your entitlement programs. Remember, drug dealers, thugs, thieves, jailbirds, minimum wage burger flippers, and welfare people don't pay federal and state income taxes. Who YOU gonna call?

We have progressively progressed ourselves to the bottom of the world's education list while spending the highest amount of money per capita on primary education of any other country in the world. Failed nation to follow.

Can I get a "wassup" or a "duh"?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/26/13 - 10:26 am
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The entire social experiment was to find
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"the lowest common denominator". Then level the playing field. A revolution whose aim was slavery. Develop a culture whose highest goals are propagation, mastication, urination, defecation and vegetation.

Success has arrived. Who needs an education? Ignorance and Apathy are spreading like a Stage Four cancer.

So called adults are so self absorbed they care little for the future of their off springs. We have already seen the last generation that wanted their off springs to have better life.

America is literally and figuratively devouring it young.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/26/13 - 10:31 am
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For those who only except the "red letters"
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And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved...... literally we should have devoured ourselves, all human beings at some point. Not spirits, not souls. Jesus said flesh.

deestafford
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deestafford 02/26/13 - 11:03 am
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Two points on this

So many of the parents whose kids are misbehaving in school look at school as a baby sitting and free meal service. They have no interest in their child learning and doing anything but duplicating their life style.
The other point has to do with "respect". We hear such much from some who say they were "disrespected" or "They didn't respect me so I shot 'em." These individuals don't know what respect really is and they don't understand that respect can only be earned...not given.
Much of this goes back to the illigetimate birthrate that goes as high as 70% in some cultures.

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harley_52 02/26/13 - 11:19 am
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Is It Too Late?

I guess I lean to the side of those who say "yes."

There may still be a shot, however, but the only way we'll change it is to abandon Political Correctness NOW. Stop worrying about "offending" other people. Call a spade a spade. Blame those who deserve the blame and don't worry about being called a "racist," or a "bigot," or a "homophobe," or any of the other names they like to throw around.

The simple fact is that society is on the brink of disaster and and it's high time to realize that liberalism is a sickness and that personal responsibility and time tested rules of societal behavior is our only salvation. Abandon all the left-wing, feel-good programs in schools and concentrate on reading, writing, and arithmetic. Set high standards. Demand performance. Weed out those who can't, or won't, live up to the standards society has set.

You don't work, you don't eat. There is no "free lunch." Let the whiners whine to each other, but not influence society's programs away from what we know works.

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bubbasauce 02/26/13 - 11:50 am
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Very good comments Dichotomy

Very good comments Dichotomy and Harley_52! Wassup!!!!

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 02/26/13 - 02:54 pm
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Harley

I agree with you-stick to basics. And I'm all for abandoning the left wing feel good programs as well. But the right wingers are not innocent in this either. Remember those crazy parents a few years back in Cobb County? Wanted intelligent design (which is nothing more than creationism dressed in a cheap suit) taught to children. Well they ALMOST succeeded:
http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/cobb/selman-v-cobb.html

harley_52
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harley_52 02/26/13 - 05:01 pm
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GAD...

I personally think public schools should teach both as theories, maybe concentrating more on evolution, but at least recognizing some/many people believe God started it all and guided the process.

I'm sure lots of people disagree.

Actually, I view it as one of those relatively insignificant issues we shouldn't waste too much time, money, and effort on because we'll never agree and it distracts from the real goals in education.

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Gary Ross 02/28/13 - 09:00 am
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What if...

If JFK and MLK were able to come back and see what their civil rights work has evolved into, they would probably throw up. It's not anything like what they intended at all. And what about all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedom? They would probably throw up too. It's called an obamanation. I pray this craziness doesn't last.

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