As a former educator (I taught school for 27 years), and a former school board member (9 years on the Preston School District board in the 1990s), I would like to comment on a couple of recent Preston Citizen newspaper articles concerning our schools.
A couple of months ago, an article gave a partial account of Tim and Brenda Moosman's complaint to the school board about certain movies being shown in the schools. I think that everyone would agree that we are in perilous times. The last days are indeed here. Part of this situation is the moral decline in society.
WHY is what used to be considered obscene or vulgar now accepted as okay and normal? I think Jeffrey R. Holland partially answered this when he taught, “If you are treading water in the current of a river, you will go somewhere. You simply will go wherever the current takes you. Going with the stream, following the tide, drifting in the current will not do."
Trying to raise righteous children in these days certainly is like trying to swim upstream.
The old adage that it takes a village to raise a child is certainly true. We can do all the right things within our home to teach our children what is right, but if the rest of the village is sending a contrary message it is overwhelming. In our children's case, the rest of the village is for the most part our schools.
We have a great advantage here in Franklin County. Most of our educators share our same conservative values and are doing a great job and setting a good example. But unless we are extremely vigilant, it is easy to find ourselves drifting in the current of the river, and finding ourselves accepting the morals of the world. I would hope we all will increase our efforts to swim upstream.
That brings me to the more recent article talking about the need for more financial support from the public for our schools. It is true, we do need to spend more money on our schools, but as our federal government is demonstrating to us, merely throwing money at a problem does not solve it. In the article, board members Roberts and Christensen both said that parents need to become involved. The Moosmans, attempted to become involved and got nowhere.
The class where the movie problem occurred was named "Art Film Class”. Board member Keller, mentioned that our math test scores are low and we are sending students into the world and work place unprepared. Could that be because the curriculum is filled with such classes as the art film class where the students spend a whole semester doing nothing but looking at Hollywood movies and analyzing them. How does that prepare our youth for the workplace? How many other similar classes are our children wasting their time on?
The article did not say so, but it sounded like the public is going to be asked to support a supplemental levy in the near future. I will gladly vote in favor of that levy, but only if such nonsense as an art films class is NOT part of the curriculum.