A headline in today's Standard Times highlights a "change" in American culture- a change for the worse. It reads:
"Police Calls up at Keith School. Mayor, school committee say concerns over violence at middle school must be addressed."
The article goes on to say that the school atmosphere "is mired in a lack of discipline and violence among the students" and has seen 40 calls for the police to quell disturbances in the school during the current school year.
The administration has called for meetings among the staff to discuss the problems. But that won't help-this disruptive behavior has been going on for years, the meetings have been held for years, the turmoil continues, the number of employees paid to control the misbehavior keeps increasing, and this is all for twelve-thirteen year olds in a middle school! And this school is run by "education experts" and administrators with college degrees in education!
Undoubtedly the teachers are handicapped by fear of lawsuits, political correctness, and difficult parents-but, maybe someone should do something--this is not just a New Bedford problem. Too many of the nation's students are out of control. Think about what they will be like when they have grown up!
The latter thought made me reflect on the protesting and riotous behavior inside a Chicago college auditorium last night that dominated the evening news-gangs of protesters had been bused in and organized to close down a scheduled political speech by Donald Trump, the leading Republican candidate in the presidential primaries. The protest resembled those of the brown and black shirt thugs that Mussolini and Hitler used to take over Germany and Italy in the 1930's. Those Nazi gangs' primary purpose was the same-to disrupt the meetings of opposing parties. Last night, however, our news media, were suggesting that the candidate was the one at fault because he had allegedly used "disruptive" language in the past. Thus, the victim was painted as the wrong-doer and the perpetrators were declared innocent! To hear the newscasters, the disruptive gangs, like Hitler's black shirts, were merely exercising their free speech rights. Give me a break!