Originally created 08/24/04

Stop blaming and look for solutions

Segregation as defined by Webster is "cut off from others, separate by races." Clearly, there exists a racial imbalance within the Augusta-Richmond county school system, but to call it segregation, as Greg Davis suggests, is inappropriate ("Pupils suffer in segregated schools," Aug. 16 column).

Segregation for many years has been unlawful. Furthermore, he never mentions making laws to prohibit segregation as a possible solution. Why? They already exist!

In discussing predominantly inner-city black schools, Mr. Davis says, "I believe that such a pupil is not taught at the same overall quality of teaching staff..." So, at Tubman, where Mr. Davis teaches/counsels, the teachers are not as good "quality" as, say, the teachers at Riverside in Evans? I would hope that the teachers at Tubman will sit Mr. Davis down to teach him a thing or two about their passion for teaching, their love for children and the necessity for good manners. To summarily make such judgments is just ridiculous. To blame it on race is blasphemy.

Mr. Davis said it: "(L)earning cannot be achieved without motivation."

Excellent! Learning will not be achieved without properly applied motivation. An unmotivated child simply will not learn. The promise of adequately teaching students lies in the ability of the parents working cooperatively with the school system to properly and adequately motivate the students to want to learn.

Let's quit blaming the lack of "quality" teachers, the white flight to Columbia County and supposed segregation for these problems, or be too quick to place blame. Let's accept the blame and work constructively for a lasting solution. Let's work to make an impact in the lives of these children. Their hope does not lie in what laws are passed or where we can place the blame. Their hope lies in working together and through our hearts for a better tomorrow.

John Paap


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