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Letter to the WCP Editor – 5.27.10

Letter to the WCP Editor – 5.27.10

Posted: Friday, May 28, 2010 3:44 pm

Dear Editor,
There has been a lot of discussion lately about the proposed dress code coming this new school year. Whether you are for it or against it, you have to admit it is reassuring to see those in charge thinking of new ways to improve the learning environment of our children.
However, I can’t help but think that if the “powers that be” were aware of the way that teachers speak to the students, they would find a new area of focus. At least I will hope so.
Let me first state that I have four children. Three are in high school and one is in elementary. My children have been Star Students, are in advanced classes and extra activities and regularly perform community service as part of their life. I am not a disgruntled parent of badly behaved children.
But I know many parents who should be very upset.
If I were to tell my children in public that they shouldn’t eat something “because they are already too fat,” or called them “lazy” and “stupid,” or told them during the first week of class that “they will definitely fail this course,” or “shut up and use your brain,” there would be an outrage and cry of emotional abuse. 
There are also religious discussions in class in which students whose religion is not popular with the teacher being told they are “deceived” and other students are allowed to gang up on them. 
There are many, many other examples my children have come home and related to me, I am sorry to say.
In fact, my fourth grader told me at the beginning of the school year that she didn’t think her teacher liked kids. Now at the end of the year she says she hates them all for sure.
I can’t help but feel that to correct this serious problem would have a stronger influence on the student’s behavior, grades, and general achievement then their clothing. Though I do support the dress code.
Victoria Jones
WCP 5.27.10


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