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Where’s common sense in bracelet case?

I support breast cancer research, and I have had members of my family affected by breast cancer. That being said, as I read the article about the student and American Civil Liberties Union suing Fort Wayne Community Schools because they asked her to remove the bracelet stating “I love boobies (Aug. 21),” I couldn’t help but think how ridiculous it was for FWCS to have to waste money on this.

This young lady and her parents should realize this is an offensive bracelet to be worn in a school full of 15- to 19-year-olds, especially with all the hormones raging. How would they feel if a young man dating their daughter wore it? I am a mother of teens, and I wouldn’t allow them to wear one.

Regardless of the ruling on free speech, I think a little common sense and good moral judgment go a long way.


Teachers still best judge of students’ needs

Politicians keep saying that parents need to be able to choose which school their children should attend, but I would contend that they already have those choices. While our legislators assume a family would choose a school because of a dubious letter grade, I would counter that people choose schools for a variety of reasons, the least of which is an arbitrary grade.

Accountability has become the catchphrase of the reformers; however, for many reformers/policymakers/politicians/know-it-alls, data seem to be the only means of assessment they understand. However, this flies in the face of what most educators know. If a test is to be meaningful, it should only be used for diagnostic or evaluative purposes. Tests should give us information about what skills and concepts have been mastered and which still need work.

I have no issue with holding teachers to the highest standards; however, why do we not hold that same level of accountability to students, parents, to administrators and policymakers? When we single out teachers and schools, that does make me wonder what the real agenda is.

Instead of hampering teachers with the latest, greatest experts’ ideas, why not trust them by giving them the resources, the class sizes and the support needed to improve what has been judged so harshly? Perhaps we should include parents and teachers in this very important discussion.


Buying US-made best boost for economy

I read where builders of homes used materials and tools made in the USA. That puts their homes from 95 percent to 97 percent USA-made materials, right down to the nails and screws.

If all builders would do this all across the USA, look at what this would do for our economy.

Then we could all look at labels on products and buy USA made. I’m not saying you can’t buy some things made in other countries sometimes if you’re looking for that special thing.

But if we all pitched in, buying 95 percent to 97 percent USA-built homes, products made in the USA, not only would it truly build up our economy but also put people back to work and we wouldn’t have to rely on our government.

So get busy and start rebuilding our good ol’ USA.