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An endangered species?

Posted Thursday, February 14, 2008, at 4:31 PM

Remember when we referred to a person doing many jobs as wearing many hats?

Today we refer to it as multi-tasking.

During this era of dress codes, etc., how do we properly dress someone for complex multi-tasking today?

Hmmm. They must be able to referee some disputes. Should we give them the traditional black and white referee attire...but no whistle since blowing that whistle may upset someone?

Unfortunately, there is the safety factor to consider. Should they wear a hard hat or helmet? Of course wearing an armored vest under their clothing may send the wrong message or even be seen as promoting violence.

These people are expected to be absolute experts in their chosen field or fields even though they entered those field or fields with best intentions. But we must remember waaaay too many people know much more about it than them, even with no training or experience in those fields.

And they absolutely must fit the category of the so-called fashion police and not say even one word that can even remotely be twisted around to make it sound as if they are putting someone down.

Do you know any of these people?

It almost sounds like that somewhat endangered species we once referred to as teachers!!!

Do you long for the days when their job was to TEACH? This was before their job also included babysitting, before too many parents turned over the task of raising their kids to them and absaolutely tied their hands by forbidding them to correct or in any way attempt to discipline regardless of how arrogant or disruptive the little darlings may become in class or anything connected to our schools.

Was it so long ago that common sense was part of the equation? Do you remember when all people were expected to teach their kids to dress and act properly and respect others? Pride and self-respect cost nothing but first the desire must be there.

When we allowed common sense to be left out of the equation we took an extemely bad turn.

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When you were a student did the principal and teachers respect you enough to make decisions? When you were in school, when someone bullied you, were you afraid to remedy the problem because you might get kicked out? Where are the responsibilities for the highschoolers? How can they respect themselves if they don't have the opportunity to do so?

School, like you stated, is more of a daycare or prison like atmosphere now. And we wonder why? Some people blame the parents, some blame the teachers, some blame the people in charge. And they are all right, we as a society have become complacent, we allow things to happen and not stand up for anything. We don't help unless it is for a quick fix, we never stay for the long haul.

Alot of it needs fixing.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Thu, Feb 14, 2008, at 6:15 PM

Evil Monkey

Your statement is so very true!

-- Posted by Disgusted on Thu, Feb 14, 2008, at 6:25 PM



-- Posted by silver on Thu, Feb 14, 2008, at 8:39 PM


Your correct also, my mother was worse than anything the school could have punished me with!

I do think with the exception of the people that want to comment and blame parents we are all here for the same reason. The BAD parents that a few comment about are NOT the ones on here making their feeling known. If I didnt care I wouldnt be spending my time on here debating about it and neither would anyone else that didnt care!

-- Posted by Disgusted on Thu, Feb 14, 2008, at 9:32 PM

I honestly can say my high school principal,teachers and coaches protected me from myself until I grew up. Perhaps that is why I was a poor student in high school and in the top 10 percent of my college graduating class.

-- Posted by bomelson on Thu, Feb 14, 2008, at 10:02 PM

Not trying to place blame on a SINGLE person... Don't get me wrong. Yes there are TONS of temptations now that weren't around then [so I am told] but that doesn't mean students then weren't creative enough to design their own rebellion...

Aren't all of those parents who were so properly disciplined way back when, the same parents responsible for raising the current generation? I mean, my mother[dad, sometimes] has done an amazing job in my opinion. But even my generation walks around saying "when we were young, this and that didn't happen!" Myself included. No problem will ever be resolved if we always blame it on the kids, whom were raised by the complainers!

Again, not placing blame, just provoking thought!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Feb 14, 2008, at 10:09 PM

It may seem strange but I have never heard a story about Professor Mills, Professor Harris, C.O. Jett, Will P. Martin, or even Deery Eakin having a situation that they could not handle quickly and to the satisfaction of all concerned, except maybe the poor little dear who started it all in the first place.

-- Posted by leeiii on Fri, Feb 15, 2008, at 12:58 PM

Darrick, when you and I were younger our parents and teachers had the luxury of having the ability to discipline us. I received my share (deservedly so) of spankings from my parents and I am thankful for them now. The ones I received kept me from misbehaving at school for I knew what was to follow when I arrived home.

This day and time a parent cannot do so for fear of the repercussions that follow. That's not to say that I agree with beating your child because I don't, but more often than not now parents are afraid of using any type corporal punishment and I believe that is wrong.

-- Posted by Rhebea96 on Fri, Feb 15, 2008, at 2:25 PM

You can discipline your child still... Just don't abuse them! I understand your point though.

But still, it's the parents who sit around and do nothing and then years later, complain about the problems they didn't prevent, as if it is the childs.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sat, Feb 16, 2008, at 8:26 PM

childs fault! lol

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sat, Feb 16, 2008, at 8:27 PM

Yeah and it's those same parents who tie the hands of teachers by not allowing the use of corporal punishment at school either. Every year when I fill out the form that tells my child's teacher how he is to punished I remark that I would like to be called before he is paddled. My child is fully aware of this and that fact that he will be spanked at school with another to follow at home. Funny, but he has never had to be disciplined at school. That's not to say that it won't happen, but there are certainly consequences to his actions and he is completely aware of them.

-- Posted by Rhebea96 on Sat, Feb 16, 2008, at 10:21 PM

I couldn't agree more!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sat, Feb 16, 2008, at 10:42 PM

yes, I remember the days, back before this sue-happy generation....

-- Posted by countrymom on Sat, Feb 16, 2008, at 10:50 PM

I saw a road sign, and it read exactly this :


-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sun, Feb 17, 2008, at 8:50 AM

"So sue me". Remember that popular expression?

THAT is "When we allowed common sense to be left out of the equation we took an extemely bad turn" as Bo says above.

People just don't care about each other anymore. Its all about "one-up-manship". JMO though.

-- Posted by mmp84 on Sun, Feb 17, 2008, at 8:06 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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