Enfield Community Addresses Teen Suicide
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#1 Dec 16, 2011
My hope and wish is that one day, formal education will pay attention to what I call education of the heart. Just as we take for granted the need to acquire proficiency in the basic academic subjects, I am hopeful that a time will come when we can take it for granted that children will learn, as part of the curriculum, the indispensability of inner values: love, compassion, justice, and forgiveness.
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Re. The Forum on Suicide in Enfield
Hope Rice, Enfield
These tragedies are too complex to place blame. I believe, however, there is more to education than teaching the noun must agree with the verb. Too many things which are considered "untidy" are looked over, denied, or blamed on the home life. Any activity that is harmful in our toxic culture should get front burner attention and the school should be another safety net for our young kids. Why the reputation of an institution has a higher priority than the safety of a young student is more than I can understand. We are realizing that more than ever with the news of cover ups in prestigious institutions and once they are exposed this claptrap only compounds the problems. The problems should never be protected more than the kids! I suggested to the Board of Education that suggestion boxes be placed in strategic places in the buildings that read "SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING". The kids know what is really going on in those corridors, and they talk about it! But the overall attitude among the staff is "CONFIDENTIAL". Until laws are changed that place safety over privacy, this is going to be a confusing issue with the professional staff who are trying to protect their jobs, and also with the parents who want their personal problems to stay in their closets. An educator should never choose this career path unless they have the ability to love other people's children. Sometimes love can get pretty untidy and uncomfortable. If these problems can be identified they can many times be fixed. Death, sadly, cannot.
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