School schedule lacks compassion: Let...

School schedule lacks compassion: Letters for Thursday, Aug. 12

There are 5 comments on the LA Daily News story from Aug 12, 2010, titled School schedule lacks compassion: Letters for Thursday, Aug. 12. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

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Valley Cynic

North Hollywood, CA

#1 Aug 12, 2010
Info for the Alarconista. McIntyre didn't damage him. Alarcon has a long history of self-distruction.
1961 yyy

United States

#2 Aug 12, 2010
JOSH RIVETZ said
(The people in charge of setting the school schedule should remember how important summer vacation was to them when they were kids)
Not enough profit in that
Craig Wilson

Van Nuys, CA

#3 Aug 13, 2010
I was born in 1951, downtown LA Calif. In the 50s and 60s, EVERY male teacher had a paddle, whether Catholic school or public. I went to both. There was discipline in every school. "Discipline" means to teach or to learn, as in what "discipline" did you study in college? Every child learned. No child was allowed to disrespect any laws, or any teacher or any parent. Today in 2010 and also since about 1969, kids have zero respect for teachers, principals or parents, or themselves. This is why we have 90% drop out rates in some schools, 50% in some etc. Also some parents are perfectly fine if their 15 yr old drops out and works at the car wash. This is a sin. We the parents and we the adults are to blame for all of the above.

Since: Apr 09

South Gate, CA

#4 Aug 13, 2010
Craig Wilson wrote:
I was born in 1951, downtown LA Calif. In the 50s and 60s, EVERY male teacher had a paddle, whether Catholic school or public. I went to both. There was discipline in every school. "Discipline" means to teach or to learn, as in what "discipline" did you study in college? Every child learned. No child was allowed to disrespect any laws, or any teacher or any parent. Today in 2010 and also since about 1969, kids have zero respect for teachers, principals or parents, or themselves. This is why we have 90% drop out rates in some schools, 50% in some etc. Also some parents are perfectly fine if their 15 yr old drops out and works at the car wash. This is a sin. We the parents and we the adults are to blame for all of the above.
Thank you. You must be a genius. Back in Latvia, during the 40s in 50s when I lived there, you didn't even have the option of learning. It was a privilege to go to school and people literally liked it. The principal always said you get two chances for school. The first chance is that we actually let you. The next freebie chance is that you only get to brake the rule once. If you would even commit a small crime, you would have been disciplined and then expelled.
John Hoge

United States

#5 Apr 2, 2011
Craig Wilson wrote:
I was born in 1951, downtown LA Calif. In the 50s and 60s, EVERY male teacher had a paddle, whether Catholic school or public. I went to both. There was discipline in every school. "Discipline" means to teach or to learn, as in what "discipline" did you study in college? Every child learned. No child was allowed to disrespect any laws, or any teacher or any parent. Today in 2010 and also since about 1969, kids have zero respect for teachers, principals or parents, or themselves. This is why we have 90% drop out rates in some schools, 50% in some etc. Also some parents are perfectly fine if their 15 yr old drops out and works at the car wash. This is a sin. We the parents and we the adults are to blame for all of the above.
I was born in Ireland, in 1953, living in an orphanage until 1955. My adoption, and future Catholic school education, were both conditions of my life through college, if I got there. All of my teachers were nuns, many with minimal formal education themselves. However, as a result of my education, I can look up the word "discipline (a noun)' in Webster Unabridged Dictionary. Know what it says? Def #1; Training that develops self control, character, orderly conduct. I like that first one "Self control." When adults treat each other with discipline/respect, children learn that respect in their homes, churches and schools. It makes "the board of education," which I personally experienced at the hands of the nuns and priests, unnecessary. A true education makes us want more. Working at a car wash shouldn't look better by comparison. Yet, for some kids, it does

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