rsd

rsd 2 years, 7 months ago on Gingrich coming to Covington

Although I did not vote for Obama in the last election and I will not vote for him in the upcoming election, I must admit that he is a man of his word. Obama promised that if he were given the chance to be President of The United States, he would bring about a lot of "change".
He has fulfilled his promise. Even if you do not agree with or like Newt Gingrich, please attend the rally to let others know that we must work together to remove the current "change agent" who is now residing in the White House.

0

rsd 2 years, 7 months ago on Should local governments pass ordinances regulating baggy pants?

The local government should not be allowed to pass an ordinance regulating "baggy pants". As much as I dislike the "baggy pants" and wish that individuals would not dress in such a manner, the government should not have the authority to determine the type of clothing any person chooses to wear. This is just another example of "government intrusion" (1984 - Big Brother). Now, if the clothing falls under the category of allowing an incident of "indecent exposure" to occcur, then the authorities should step in and arrest the individual, charge him/her with "indecent exposure" and allow the individual to suffer the consequences. My opinion does not extend to private organizations, businesses or to the public and private school settings. These groups should have every right to determine the proper dress code for their environments. I will close with this. I once observed a young man wearing the "baggy pants" while I was putting gasoline in my automobile. During the course of about five minutes, the young man had to "hitch up" his pants about thirty times to prevent his pants from falling off. It was quite humorous. Please do not pass an ordinance preventing these fools from wearing "baggy pants"; they are really quite amusing to watch. Try watching them sometimes and I think you will agree. Now, where did I put my belt?

0

rsd 2 years, 7 months ago on LETTER: Don't overlook the good at Alcovy High School

It is now time to end the discussion about what the problem is; that is quite evident. Now is the time for action on the part of Parents, Administrators, Principals, Teachers and Students who are sincerely interested in bringing about positive changes.

I took the liberty of checking on the policies already in place to enable the Administrators, Principals and Teachers to fulfill their promise to provide "a safe learning environment for all students". The policies are there. The Administrators, Principals and Teachers need to work together and begin implementing those policies. You will not be liked for doing this; but you are not paid to be popular. You are being paid to educate our children that are being placed under your authority. Use the authority that has been given to you and implement the policies already in place to handle the disobedient, disruptive and disrespectful students. This may mean introducing some of the parents to the "Home School" approach to education; but eventually they will get the message. Our school system is not meant to reform, but to educate!

Now, let us quit discussing the issue and get to work on solving the problem. You will wonder why you did not do this sooner.

0

rsd 2 years, 7 months ago on LETTER: Don't overlook the good at Alcovy High School

Discipline policies must be and are established because students must be trained in discipline and the discipline policies must be enforced by those who have authority over the student population. But, as max0797 states from personal experience, "Many of the parents of these children, even at this young age, have lost control of them at home as well. They (the parents) send these students to school with the attitude they are your problem deal with it." max0797 also states that ". . . an administrator must make sure the parents know this behavior will not be tolerated. That is NOT happening. Principals don't want to send young students home because parents will leave them alone. These students get a stern talk, a little time out, maybe a piece of candy and sent back to class. We begin at this point to teach them there are no serious consequences for bad behavior. Administrator(s) of schools in this county have got to get tough on consequences for students (and parents) at all grade levels and schools, that continually disrupt classes. In most cases, it is the same child over and over."

My suggestions: 1. Send the disobedient, disruptive and undisciplined students back home to their parents who are the ones mainly responsible for training their children to be obedient, submissive to authority and disciplined in all manners of life. When the parents are held responsible for their child's behavior ( this may include missing several days of work and some serious one-on-one time with their child) then you will begin to see a difference in the behavior of the student population. 2. Administrators; fulfill your obligation concerning your promise to provide "a safe learning environment for all students." That is what you are getting paid for so do your job! Your responsiblity is to educate; not reform. Never usurp the responsiblity of the parents you serve; even if it means that some "children will be left behind" on a temporary basis.

I will close with this:

A man who has the problems seldom has the answers. A man who has the answers seldom has the problems.

I am a man who knows what I am talking about and I am confident that I have provided you with the answer to the main problem that is rampant throughout our Public School System all across our nation; not just here in Newton County.

A special "Thank You" to the Newton County Citizen for allowing this space for this type of on-going dialogue. Who knows, this might be the beginning of the proper approach to educating our children.

0

rsd 2 years, 7 months ago on LETTER: Don't overlook the good at Alcovy High School

John, Amp72 and 123alcovy just verified my earlier comments. Parents and other interested adults must maintain the proper focus concerning the "food fight". Remember this: Administrators, Principals and Teachers have been put in place to "educate" students, not "reform" them. Please discontinue focusing the blame on the school staff for the disobedient, unruly and unacceptable behavior of the students. Students do not have to be taught how to be disobedient, disrespectful and sometimes disgusting in their actions. From the womb, students must be instructed on how to be obedient, respectful and submissive to those in authority over them. What you are experiencing in the shool is simply a reflection of what is already taking place in the home. And yes, as a parent, I do expect my child to attend school and not cheat, fight, act like a loser, buy drugs in the bathroom and smoke weed in the parking lot. If my child does this, I am certainly not going to blame those in authority for my child's unruly behavior.

0

rsd 2 years, 7 months ago on LETTER: Don't overlook the good at Alcovy High School

This issue about the "food fight" is not with the Administration, Principal or Teachers of the school. The issue is with the parents of the students. The parents need to take responsibility for training and disciplining their children instead of blaming the Administrators, Principal and Teachers for their children's unruly and unacceptable behavior. Parents unwilling to acknowledge their own children's disobedience and attempts to focus blame on those in authority and circumstances is a trend that is prevalent across the United States. Instead of maturing from "young and dumb" into "old and wise" parents, I am convinced that most of the parents raising children in our society are still children themselves. And like a child, they will always try to focus the blame on someone or something else instead of taking responsibility.

PARENTS, IT IS TIME TO GROW UP! YOUR CHILDREN ARE WATCHING AND LEARNING FROM YOU!

Now, here is a suggestion about how to discipline the students involved in the "food fight." Do not allow them to have any food for about three to seven days (this is called a "fast".) Make sure they have plenty of water and other types of liquids to drink. This "fast" will be good for them and may make them appreciate the food that is being provided for them. It is obvious from their behavior that they are now taking their food provisions for granted.

0