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EDUCATION: Bad call by parents, TNT

Letter by Harriet Maines, Tacoma on Jan. 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm | 36 Comments »
January 18, 2011 5:11 pm

Re: “Tacoma school throws flag at Steelers jersey” (TNT, 1-15).

How can you glorify a student for disobeying school rules and his father for rewarding him by keeping him home? Why run a front-page article validating a parent and child who seem to place no value in the child’s education?

It’s hard to teach a child who isn’t in the classroom. It’s very hard to teach children whose parents teach them that they don’t have to follow rules they don’t like. Guess what? These children apply that attitude to such rules as go to school, listen in class, don’t disrupt, do your work and turn it in.

As a newspaper, your message seems to be that if kids aren’t learning it’s entirely the schools’ fault. Students have taken that message to mean that they are not required to put any effort or thinking into their own education.

Teachers, on the other hand, are working very hard to make interesting lesson plans, deal with disrupters and raise test scores while trying to make learning more fun. Apparently, the staff at Truman was trying to add a little fun by adding a “Seahawks option” to the dress code. Thanks to all the support and news coverage, I’ll bet they won’t do that again.

Teaching and learning is a participation sport; you can’t watch it from the sidelines. It requires the dedicated involvement of all: the teacher, the student, his adult support person and society at large. Similar to the officials at Super Bowl XL, The News Tribune is making poor calls.

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