Schools can’t overcome neglect


Schools can’t overcome neglect

A letter in the Dec. 21 Vindi- cator about Anthony Catale’s remark attributing social problems to the schools was right on the mark. Those who treat the public school system like a baby sitting service for their little monsters — people who have taught their children nothing of basic social behavior and respect for others — are the problem, not the schools. Of course, Mr. Catale is running for public office and has calculated that the total number of votes teachers represent is far outweighed by the broader population to whom he must pander to be elected. Blaming “the schools,” instead of the ineptitude of the Board he leads in dealing with the problem of violence in the schools, is expedient.

Parents who have taught their children self-respect and respect for others deserve the educational opportunity for their children that school systems are designed to provide. Instead, they are righteously outraged to learn their children must survive a “combat zone” environment to access their right to an education.

I wish Dr. Hathorn well in dealing with the problem and hope he will take forceful measures to identify, isolate, and eliminate from Youngstown schools the ne’re-do-well, violent products of parental neglect who have made primary education into some sort of survivalist contest. I think he has made a good start by marshaling his forces — staff, teachers, caring parents and students. If he can keep this group together and focused, he may make a difference. The misfits must be separated from the school population and they and their parents presented with a credible ultimatum “The nonsense ends now, or you can graduate to the penal system schools your behavior qualifies you to attend.”.

Jim Cartwright, Canfield