Letter to the Editor

Education and mass shootings

Monday, February 19, 2018

Dear Editor,

Bear with me, as I am about to take off on a journey that may be pedagogical in nature, but is definitely an “idea” about education in general and the value of different disciplines to which children are exposed, inasmuch as the “discipline” and/or “order” to which the pupil, child, person, or human being is subjected to, is as important, if not more important, than the subject matter or language which is to be mastered by the student.

And, the reason I make this argument, is, namely, that “being exposed to an “organized,” “disciplinary” approach to the inner workings of a language, for example, is that, that, by itself, has a salutary effect on the mind and person who so exposes himself or herself to said language discipline.

Now without referring to a dictionary for definitions, I think we can agree that the opposite of “order” is “disorder,” and that order is always a source of joy or happiness to the person who experiences it no matter where that order is found ... On the other hand, (Aux Contraire), “disorder” wherever it is found, is always a source of misery chaos, and unhappiness, and in the extreme, “depression.”

Ergo! (Therefore), it follows that the reason for all the “mass shootings” in America, is, “plain and simple” as Senator Schumer likes to say, disordered, chaotic, depressed minds of children who have never been exposed to the orderly, disciplined nature of language study, often because of the “lack of mastery” of the language by the teachers who are assigned to teach it and therefore often fail to expose their students to that “salutary” disciplined influence that produces an “ordered mind” as opposed to the “disordered mind” which is vulnerable to chaos, depression, and, in the extreme, mass shootings.

Then, and only then, when enough time goes by, and statistically it can be proven because the shootings have stopped that our education system is working and that that “mantra” that most schools claim and tout to the public, namely, “Excellence in Education is our Motto,” will now reflect the truth of that Mantra.


James G. McHale

McCook, Neb.

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  • What a load of crap! Children act out in murderous ways because they feel no love. They either live in home of a single parent who comes home from work exhausted. Those parents listen to "experts" who make videos to teach how to raise children the easy way.

    Or, they come home to parents too preoccupied with their phones to even begin to care about them. The parents are told how "social media" is the way to reach their children. So they becomes "friends" to the child.

    They go to schools where bullying is tolerated until a parent complains. Oftentimes, parents never knows or just don't even care.

    They hear time and time again how they are the product of "choice". They could have been discarded out of convenience or kept and be a burden. And, as many have been screaming, a threat to climate change.

    And when they act out, we blame the gun.

    -- Posted by Dudley Dawson on Mon, Feb 19, 2018, at 5:13 PM
  • Wow, I actually agree with CPB! It's NOT the guns fault. It's the upbringing of today's society.

    -- Posted by Rural Citizen on Tue, Feb 20, 2018, at 12:00 PM
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