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Kids won’t learn

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Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

I’m still bewildered that former city Schools Chancellor Harold Levy and other education pundits refuse to see that the problem is not the schools, it’s not the teachers, it’s the kids coming to the schools with a corrupted sense of their responsibilities to be good learners. Today’s youngsters watch way too much television and spend too much time engaged with other “marvels” of modern technology.

Newly arrived immigrants, especially those from Asian cultures, excel in school. They are attentive, and their parents are highly invested in seeing that their children live up to their scholastic duties as students.

The greatest teachers (if there is such a being) would find themselves frustrated, even exasperated, to have unmotivated and disobedient kids in front of them. It is this that accounts for “the high teacher churn rate” that Mr. Levy refers to.

Perhaps if insidious politics, especially distorted political correctness, was not so prevalent today, some of us would be able to focus on the real education culprits, who are also the innocent victims of our high tech entertainment-celebrity culture.

Dave Shlakman
Howard Beach

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