Saturday, April 28, 2012

Letter to the editor: Bflo Public Schools

How come every time I cite a well written, truthful article from the Buffalo News, it's written by one of it's readers? Someone better tell this reader from East Aurora he needs to stop making so much sense. What would happen if we ever started being honest with ourselves regarding the problems facing the Buffalo Public Schools?...

Poor child rearing is root of problem

While fully granting that Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes’ recent suggestion that New York State take over the Buffalo Public Schools is certainly well intended, the one thing that this drastic action would not do is instill much-needed higher moral values into the student body. Politicians, teachers and clergy can only work to undo what is already learned, be it lack of respect for authority, education or for each other. 

Policy makers and pundits alike are historically reluctant to encroach upon parenting skills. This is delicate, taboo territory. Yet how our young adults behave in school, as well as in the world at large, is directly related to what they learn at home from their primary care givers. Now it seems that teachers are being held responsible for student apathy toward learning, which begins long before their public schooling. 

Outrageous as it may sound and at the risk of sounding Orwellian, perhaps New York State should take over child rearing practices, which are at the very heart of this ongoing and troubling dilemma. 

Joseph Ciarlo 

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