Tuesday, February 08, 2005

The Blame Game - The Anti Drug

He has yet to redeem himself from his Baruch Goldstein fiasco; however he makes some good points in his latest blog. When you're right you're right - when you're not I'll get you.

I took some excerpts from:
…..It is said that our schools bear much of the responsibility for what goes wrong among our youth. There is room for improvement, but schools are not to blame. Nor are shuls to blame, this despite the offensive and foolish practice known as kiddush clubs. We need to get away from the great American blame game, the indulgence in pop psychology by the media and charlatans. There are parents who do everything right and whose children do not turn out right. There are schools that do nearly everything right and yet some students disappoint greatly. There are mysteries to life - to every aspect of human behavior - and not everything that goes wrong has a ready explanation. ….. …..Self-esteem or its absence is the root cause of much - but certainly not all - that is untoward in the young. When a problem child is shipped off, the process is likely to further erode whatever tenuous fibers of esteem are still operational. To the greatest extent possible, a problem child should be nurtured by and among those who deeply care because they are family and have demonstrated their love. Self-esteem is the great unappreciated issue in education. We are increasingly caught up in a complicated web of standards, tests and marks. Students can overcome what they lose when they receive an inferior education. Few can overcome assaults against their self-esteem. With their dual curriculum, our schools have in an important sense two entry points to challenge how students feel about themselves. There is, I am certain, a correlation among Orthodox teens between low self-esteem and wrongful behavior. Our school officials contribute to the difficulties facing our youth by being too hasty in ridding themselves of students who don't meet standards. When a student's behavior adversely affects other students, there usually are grounds for expulsion. Not doing well academically is not an adequate ground, a position that I have expressed for many years, but few school officials agree with me. It is intolerable that one person, usually the principal, has the sole say on who stays and who does not. When the prospect of expulsion arises, there must be a process involving several persons who are competent to decide. I cannot understand why the Orthodox community tolerates the sinful practice of allowing one person to make so vital a decision regarding the life of a youngster. There is no halachic justification for the practice. Expulsion and other severe punishment obviously attacks self-esteem. The sins of those who act hastily toward our young directly beget the sins committed by those who engage in wrongful behavior.


Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

Do you have anything to say or are you just a mirror site for Marvin

11:40 AM  
Blogger Shragie said...

The point is that Marvin brought up a similar point that I did - villifying and other easy methods cannot logically cure any ills. Besides, while you may disagree with the man, Marvin is one of the only and therefore best shomrei shabbos pundits out there. He is generally very analytical and insightful.

11:56 AM  
Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

I guess that means you have not seen dov bear ,probably not the gadol hador or anyone on their blog roll

1:25 PM  

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