To The Daily Sun,
When (recent letter writer) Mr. Charles Wibel was young, and I was far younger, America was a much different place. We were taught how to write proper letters and were judged on our penmanship. Children were disciplined in school when they misbehaved. We were taught civics and what our role — and responsibility — was in society.
Those days are done and long gone. Cursive writing is not even taught in most public schools anymore. Civics is a thing of the past and we're lucky if they cover it in social studies. Most kids cannot even write a letter these days, God forbid in their own handwriting. Most parents don't even discipline their children, let alone the schools.
Community service is the answer for modern school districts to involve older teenagers into the machinations of their communities. The goal is to create a connection between the child and where they live and the benefits they get from that same community.
I don't see complaints from any younger people — just older people who don't seem to get that we are instilling in kids of today the exact same things that were instilled in themselves yesteryear. It's a real shame that after all these years it's turned into a callous selfishness and just one more quest for money.
But I should be careful lest Mr. Wibel confuses passion with suicidal tendencies once again.
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