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Cut the Rhetoric About Schools

Posted: February 20, 2008 5:46 p.m.
Updated: April 22, 2008 5:02 a.m.
To The Editor:

Regarding Ed Nemechek's letter (Feb. 7, 2008): Mr. Nemechek, perhaps coming from a tiny town deep in the Mojave Desert, known for a 1992 earthquake, a large rock, and as a gathering place for UFO believers in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s has tainted your perspective.

In reference to our public schools, phrases like "criminally perverted," "shattered lives," "government Gulags" (do you have any idea what a Gulag is?), "depraved standards," "outright criminal," and getting Eliot Ness to make a massive raid are signs of a person with serious problems.

Maybe the schools in Landers have problems - it certainly sounds like it - but your rhetoric is without merit. Educate your children as you will. In a free society everyone has the right to do so, but as a free society we have a responsibility to provide educational opportunities for ALL - no matter who that includes and we all must share the cost.

Teachers are asked to educate our children without the ability to assure that students behave in an appropriate manner. Back in the fifties, as you pointed out, a teacher could discipline students if their actions warranted it and we all survived and thrived. Perhaps there is a lesson somewhere in that.


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