Regarding Tony Norman's column "Pittsburgh Public Schools Overdue to Clarify Student Code" (June 18): I found it very interesting that not once was the word "parent" mentioned. Proper behavior of students in school and in all other venues begins with proper parenting. It requires training and discipline at an early age so that when the child is introduced to a new environment outside of the home, he or she already possesses the social skills and manners that are necessary to promote civilized behavior.
The focus should be on the actions of the parents and not on the school system reaction to unfavorable results due to poor parenting. The parents are key ingredients in the mix and yet we continue to remove them from it and hold them less accountable for the end result.
Lowering the bar for student behavioral standards is not an acceptable solution. The improvement of parenting skills and accountability for the child's behavior will provide more favorable results and prepare our children so that they can enjoy a productive future.