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Updated: May 19, 2013 6:02AM
Dismantling public schools will hurt the poor the most
Politicians make decisions based upon beliefs instead of taking the time to listen to educators, who are the experts, or study research the subject of the effects of poverty on learning. Many of our best teachers quit because they are beaten down by bad working conditions, low pay and lack of support. Our public school system is being dismantled in favor of for-profit charter schools. The Indiana voucher system still requires some monetary payment from parents. Those students in the poorest neighborhoods will not have the ability pay nor to get across town to some charter school with a fancy name.
Researcher Clancy Blair of New York University has an article published in “Scientific American Mind” September/October 2012 entitled “Stress Relief Can Be the Key to Success in School.” He states, “Stress may be silently sabotaging success in school. Its effects are especially potent for children in poverty ... The stresses of poverty—such as crowded conditions, financial worry and lack of adequate child care—lead to impaired learning ability in children from impoverished backgrounds ... The theory is based on years of studies matching stress hormone levels to behavioral and school readiness test results in children from impoverished backgrounds.” This pattern which is being carried across the U.S. will only lead to a two-tier educational system. The poor and most needy will be left behind and forgotten.
Trash is responsibility of Merrillville, not store’s
I have a problem with the suggestion from Joseph Garcia regarding all the trash along Merrillville Road. This trash extends at least a mile down the road from Meijer. If Meijer cleans around their store, that is sufficient. Don’t expect them to send out a cleaning crew to clear this truck load of trash. That’s the obligation of the town of Merrillville.
People have been complaining or a long time and Merrillville has done nothing. The trash is a poor reflection on all of the people in the area. Let’s put the responsibility where it belongs and hope Merrillville fulfills it’s obligation to the community.
Putting guns in schools won’t make them safer
It looks like the NRA has won another one! The NRA has sold some more guns and ammo! A newly-passed Indiana law requires somebody, the principal, the janitor, a volunteer mom, to pack a gun for the protection of our schooled children. I just don’t see how schools can be safe pitting guns against guns. What about children’s recesses on outdoor playgrounds? What about private preschools? Are parochial schools required to have gun protection? Will my church Sunday School require gun protection — or should we just trust God?