2011-12-30 / Letters

An Unusual Educational Phenomenon

Dear Editor,

Why does this seem unusual to people that children taught in a military environment do better. The military schools are run a lot like life in the ’60s and ’70s. You did your work well and you were praised. You did it poorly and you were brought to the attention of your peers. No participation trophies here. Nobody wanted to do poorly in front of their friends so everyone tried harder. Oh, and maybe the most important part. When I did something wrong my teacher gave me a whack to the back of the head and told me to straighten up and fly right. By the time I got home my mother found out and she gave me a whack to the back of the head and told me to straighten up and fly right. We all know what happened when dad got home. As my father was not in the picture my mom got two shots. Hillary said it takes a village to raise a child. No, it just takes a few people to care and not be afraid of our politically correct world. Schools need to teach the 3 R’s (Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic). Parents need to teach their children discipline and manners. In the military this is not an issue. Maybe we should go back a few decades in our thought processes and have fewer administrators, more teachers, and a few parents as hall monitors who remember what it takes to get ahead. This is kind of like all the studies that give us astounding facts such as, If you eat a lot of sweets and sit around you will be more prone to obesity.

ROBERT STASSBURG

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