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Letter: Lack of character education more pressing than math, science

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Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013 1:14 pm

“No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future,” (2013 president’s inaugural address).

What is it that President Obama is inferring every time he mentions math and science teachers? The United States already has plenty of technology instructors. Is he wanting to create an emotionless society, by having the children focus only on mathematical axioms, physical evidence and scientific “fact”?

Well, I disagree with that assumption. I am more concerned with the lack of moral instruction for our future citizens, and also the missing inculcation of our societal mores.

John F. Kennedy stated that we should “ask what we can do for our country,” and I believe that applies to what we can do for our society as well. It doesn’t matter if we are in the welfare line or are management, we each need to be encouraged to consider the general welfare as well as our own needs. In addition we must accept the consequences of our actions, whether or not the outcome is what we wanted to happen.

When the majority of our citizens and inhabitants integrate the standards of our society into their lives (instead of trying get away with extreme behaviors), we can then approach “Our celebration of initiative and enterprise, our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, [which will become] constants in our character” (2013 president’s inaugural address).

That refers to our personal character as well as our society’s character.

Patrick Shepherd


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