Recently, a great deal of news about Athens, Greece; the collapse of their economy, and all the rioting in the streets. Relative to these news stories, have been articles and commentary with reference to the possibility of similar activities here in the United States.
News this week, a story about 300 students involved in a bloody brawl in Athens, Georgia. A city here in United States, about an hour from the state capito
l city of Atlanta.
The city of Athens, Georgia, is in Clark County, where the University of Georgia is located. According to reports, the fights broke out in a nightclub, spilled over to a parking lot and 300 teenagers were involved. Police found teens bloodied from fights, containers of alcohol, evidence of underage drinking.
One report stating the scene was so chaotic, police bypassed a 16 year old waving a bottle of vodka outside the club, to rush inside to attend more urgent problems of underage drinking and fighting. More than 300 teenagers there at the site of the bloody chaos.
The news item caught my attention, because Athens, Georgia is in a county adjoining the county where I attended 12 years of schooling. Seems so long ago in one sense and not so long ago in another. Recalling my years in school, there was never any physical fighting among teenagers, and definitely no drinking of alcohol problems. The school I attended was a large county school, where students were bused in from all over the county. There was strict discipline, and dedicated teachers, who spent time in classrooms educating students from families who taught discipline at home, and teachers did not spend time with discipline, because it was taught at home.
From first grade through high school graduation was all completed in this single county school. The large building housed a library, huge auditorium, and a separate gymnasium. Home economics were taught in a separate building. In the basement was a large lunchroom. Students marched from room to room, to gym for sports, to the auditorium for all sorts of activities, like stage plays, musicals,etc., in a very orderly fashion.
Accordingly, students went from grade school, to middle school, to high school and graduation, in a smooth orderly fashion, in an atmosphere of safety, and a feeling of wellbeing. There was no fighting in the school nor on the playground. Any kind of disagreements among students were referred to the Principal’s office.
Teachers were not diverted with problems of discipline and morality, because that was taught at home, therefore they could devote their time to teaching reading, writing, arithmatic, literature, history, science and etc.
Today reading news articles about the drunken, bloody fighting between teenagers in a county adjoining the county school I attended, seems so surreal. And begs an answer to what is happening with schoolage children and this great country. This recent story is one of many we read about on a regular basis, stories of bullying, brutality, rape and killings in schools across this country.
While our attention is on the nanny state of foodstamps, unemployment checks, socialized healthcare and what’s taking place in other countries, any concerns over schools seems to be an emphasis on appropriating more money to fund a system with a budget so large, states are reporting budgetary problems. And recent news reporting school annual costs to be seventy-five billion dollars. Here in Georgia, reports of eight billion-plus cost annually.
In this connection, we are not addressing the cause of the problems in this country, but the effects of the cause, while conditions go from bad to worse. While writing about current conditions in other countries, suggesting it might happen here. Well it is happening here. And pouring more money into the coffers of the school system, only exacerbates an existing problem.
In the past I have written numerous articles about the school system in this country, and how I removed my children and home-schooled when it was unheard of, and faced arrest more than once for my decision to home-school. Currently home-schooling is permitted, and my grandchildren home-schooled, then enrolled in private schools.
The way out is not through the current system, but aside and around it. As the old southern saying goes, you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. Neither can morality be taught in the immorality of Socialistic schools. Unfortunately, the out-picturing of the current system, is in such stories of bloody, drunken teenage behavior as related in this news story, this week.
As we approach the next decade beginning with 2011, let’s think about what is happening to the precious innocent children in this great nation. The next generation. Not only think about it, but decide whether or not we can do anything about it, to change the direction.
LET FREEDOM RING