Shenfayne · March 4, 2013 at 12:16 pm
I agree with almost everything Mr. Green has written about education. Fortunately, I went to h.s in the 60s when education at FHS still hadgood standards (graduated '68) and rules existed. For instance girls wore dresses or skirts and blouses and boys dressed neatly - no blue jeans or holes in pants and no long hairstyles on boys etc. There were standards.
Also, fortunately, when I went to Madison College - now JMU - they still had a lot of sensible rules and constraints. I get the feeling a lot of what goes on in schools and colleges now is practically "anything goes." Social engineering has been a huge part of the problem of the downfall of schools. I inherited an 1850 geography textbook used by various members of my family. I can tell you that children if they used that book today might learn more than by using some of what they probably use, if they study geography. I was amazed at how that old book was so wise in predicting what might occur in nations like Russia - later USSR. Great piece, Mr. Green. a retired teacher