To The Daily Sun,
Last week, I wrote a letter describing how the Laconia schools are in decline. Probably, by now, I have been branded as a crackpot by the School Board.
I want to tell you there are some very good and wise people in this world, and some very wise thinkers. Today, I received an e-mail Christmas greeting from a very good friend in Israel. In return, I wished him a nice Hanukkah. The subject turned to education. In as many words I told him that I went to school, things were not so politically correct, and we openly discussed the Christian Christmas and the Jewish Hanukkah with mutual respect. If the rest of the world could do this we might have peace.
He replied with the following comment, "I think that one of the main reasons why peace cannot be achieved is because of the education system... did not see the real target of education: humanity, and turned the human kind into a kind of 'machine terms'. Make more money, be first on the road. Developing the killer instincts in the battlefields, in movies, in games. Sorry I don't have time for you, can't see you I'm busy. Playing now on my cellular..." This won't change tomorrow, next month, next year, next decade — unfortunately.
Perhaps, this is the underlying problem with Laconia schools and schools throughout America. Children are being taught the wrong things and the wrong behaviors. And they are acting out with the disrespect and detachment that we see in our schools today.
Walter F. Kalin