Misplaced blame in education

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In regard to the David Morris article on education (“High-Risk School Reform,” Dec. 15 Forum): A great number of negative comments have been made in regard to our public education system, always at the expense of teachers and the schools. Perhaps we need to look at ourselves more so than our public schools for the lack of progress for our students.

When I see fellow students at Community College of Allegheny County frantically trying to finish up homework assignments 15 minutes before the start of class, should I blame the instructor? When I see chronic absenteeism by certain students, should I blame the administration? When I see society deifying sports figures while ignoring the tremendous contributions to the public welfare made by scientists and physicians, should I respond by pushing my kids toward sports while neglecting their academics?

Sadly, the three R’s in education have been replaced by the three S’s — sports, sports and sports. If you do not believe me, just compare the amount of space our local newspaper devotes to high school sports with the space it gives to high school academic achievement.

A great deal has been made about personal responsibility; maybe, when it comes to our public schools, we should direct our criticisms where they belong — at the mirror!


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