I was heartened when I read the impassioned, robust discussion among participants.  The opposite of this passion is apathy, not hate.  I came to understand this concept in one of my much ongoing discussion with Dr. Bernie Siegel on my TV show Classroom Connections 365.  While respondents don’t agree, the writers replying to this blog appreciate and recognize issues in public education.

Personally, I had never thought of Stan Heller’s suggestion to   Yale and UNH to “ voluntarily send money” to West Haven.”  What a great idea!  Have our politicians thought of this?

Another writer said, “ It is absolutely disgusting  how we as a society do not value our teachers, students and the high importance of education.”  There is much truth to this statement.  But, I need to ask why?  Why do you think society does not value teachers?  Why aren’t educational accomplishments given the same space in the newspapers as sports?  Why don’t we see these accomplishments detailed in the mass media?  Ideas? Let me know what you think on this topic.

Sue Barnes wrote that, “Social and medical services should not be part of the educational system, although it seems a good idea to   provide those services at the schools, provided they can be physically handled.”

I would like to reply to Ms. Barnes.  Children, who arrive at school hungry, go home and have nothing to eat, and lack basic medical care, are not ready to learn.  Basic needs must be met first.    Teachers know this.  If schools don’t provide breakfast, who will?  Who else see the children with such frequency and regularity?  For whatever reason, some parents can’t do it.  Maybe the real issue is to spend more money helping adults learn how to provide for their own families.  Give them the tools and support to get back on their feet. Give them a job to gain self-respect and confidence.    I don’t have the answers, just questions.

Tell me what you think.  What can we do to improve the conditions for our children?