After reading the front-page story on school discipline (“Akron schools make gains in discipline,” Aug. 27), I had to pause.
First because there should be a clear distinction between discipline and punishment. Discipline is the structure, with parameters set to be followed.
Punishment is the consequence for not adhering to the discipline expected to be followed by all students, black and white.
Second, I paused to wonder about discipline in the home. Has respect for teachers, fellow students and others been instilled before the student goes to preschool? Have they been followed up consistently?
Third, I paused because I care about all children and the desperate situations they are finding themselves in because of parental insufficiencies. I am glad that the schools are trying harder to get a handle on the problems they face.
I still say discipline should not be the main objective of a school; it should be teaching and learning.
Those who truly want a chance at a good education are hindered by those who continually disrupt and destroy that opportunity.
If discipline is an obstacle, we are in a sad state in our schools.
Invasion by phone messages
Four times, during a much-needed, post-hospital rest, I was disturbed by digital phone messages for things I was not interested in. These same calls have been coming in for months on end, plus others. Is this not a violation of our rights at some level?
Even with pressing the number to take us off a list, deleting our number from a file or activating the so-called “do not call” list, the insults to our phone service continue.
With modern technology and conveniences, if an item or service is needed, there are multiple avenues to pursue it at will. Constant bombardment through phone services we pay for should be illegal. The same should apply to cell phones, computers and the postal system. Can the phone company, American Civil Liberties Union or some agency do something to protect us?
Although these advertising measures create a few jobs, they are at great cost to citizens and make us victims to invasions of privacy.
Clayton A. Hartley
The Aug. 28 article “Rapist gets 30 days” took up a very small space in the newspaper. It has taken up a large space in my mind.
I had to re-read it a couple of times. Key words were: “teacher,” “student,” “14-year-old,” “killed herself” and “control.”
Billings, Montana, is still a part of America, isn’t it?
The Aug. 30 article “Money worries affecting IQ, say scientists” reminds me of the saying, “Breathing can be dangerous to your health.”
As if we don’t have enough concerns about everything going on in our world. To worry about a few points on your IQ is somewhere down the list.