Get parents on board to raise test scores
It is time for some drastic measures to solve the low test scores in the Lexington school system. The June 5 article on the issues with Bryan Station High School calls for some serious problem-solving meetings.
These meetings should be mandatory for the parents of all students who are having achievement issues or behavior issues. If the parents do not cooperate in attending, then the student should be transferred to a behavioral boot camp or be sent back to the parents to home school.
It is time for parents to admit their failures, not blame everyone else in society, and to step up to the plate and set up a system where family and friends work with the child to correct behavior and to aid the child in learning what they need to succeed. Big Brothers and Big Sisters has a great program, as does the Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning.
A parent's top priority is to see that a child has a fighting chance to succeed in school and later in life.
Poverty holds kids back
In regard to the ongoing quest to close the achievement gap in public education, particularly in Fayette County, we might do well to listen to Bob Herbert in his 2014 book, Losing Our Way: An intimate Portrait of a Troubled America.
He says that the "test-obsessed, pro-privatization reformers" ignore the big problem in education: that poverty is holding back achievement. "The challenge has all been ignored while policy makers continue to insist that the public education system itself has broken down," he says.
While we take a look at how we can close the achievement gap, perhaps we can push for reforms that will help those living in poverty earn a decent wage and push for the rebuilding of the infrastructure in this country which, in turn, would provide a multitude of jobs.
That might help address some of the underlying problems associated with poverty that keep a group of students from being successful.
Caitlyn no match for D-Day
The June 7 paper dedicated half of page A3 to Caitlyn Jenner and words like "bravery" and "courage" are found in the article. Assigned to A8, a much smaller article spoke of gatherings at Normandy and fails to mention the two words. On the 71st anniversary of D-Day may I suggest if you wanted to use the words "bravery" and "courage" the second article would have been far more appropriate. And the second article should have been on A3 by itself.
Marching to Satan's drum
The June 7 Washington Post article "Bombshell politics" on how social conservatives are losing the war has brought a harsh and stark realization. That is that the power of social media in promoting and applauding bad behavior has escalated to the zenith. The majority of Americans are now feverishly and blindly marching to the beat of Satan's drum.
I consider it a blessing to be hated, lambasted and ridiculed for clinging to common sense and godly principles.
Phillip M. Ellis
Children need a good father
There has been a breakdown of the home, a stabilizing influence in society for centuries. It has led to moral decline and a dramatic increase in the number of single-parent homes where more and more children are being raised without the influence of a good father.
This has led to a dramatic increase in juvenile delinquency. However, an anonymous judge in our court system was reported to have said that he could solve the problem of juvenile delinquency with nine words: Put daddy back at the head of the house.
Father's Day is more than a time, once a year, to give dad an ugly tie and mumble a few words that may have little or no meaning. It is a time to recognize the important role good fathers have in the home. Fathers are the guiding influence that shape the lives of their children and prepare them to live in the real world as responsible adults. It has become proverbial that if a child grows up to be responsible, it "needs a man around that he can respect and admire."
By their absence or by their presence, the influence of fathers impacts in significant ways.
School rules don't fit granny
I applaud Maggie Sunseri for exposing her school's outdated, sexist dress code. Anyone in favor of the code at Woodford County High School needs to take a look at the ads for juniors. Looking through a J.C. Penney ad, I didn't find a single junior dress, skirt or shorts that reached the knees.
So where will these Woodford High girls find skirts that are at the knee or below? In their grandmother's closet? Well, I'm a grandmother, and some of my skirts are above the knee or will be after I get them altered. (I'm shrinking.) Not to worry. My knees are not all that fetching.
Girls, not dress code, at fault
The problem does not exist because of Woodford County High School's fair dress code; the problem lies directly with the girls who defy this code and cause the distractions.
Where are the parents? If I was in charge, every student from first grade through high school would wear jeans with belts, and T-shirts and sweatshirts with school logos on front and the code of conduct on back.
The law now requires that every child attend an educational facility through age 18. Principal, teachers, coaches and all staff members are there each day striving to see that each student receives a top-notch education within the proper environment. Student Maggie Sunseri should check out what is happening in other parts of the world and appreciate what she is so fortunate to have.
Marguerite L. Johnson
Honor, serve vets every day
On June 14, we commemorate the adoption of the American flag. For more than 200 years, Old Glory has served as a symbol of our nation's freedom and as a source of pride for our citizens. In patriotic parades and musical salutes, we support our local military units and recognize the significance of the stars and stripes.
With each ceremonial fold of the flag, we recognize the principles on which our country was founded, such as liberty, unity, justice and sacrifice.
I stand with more than 800,000 American Legion Auxiliary members across the nation as we honor our service men and women and reflect on their commitment to our country. Whether you are a veteran, the loved one of a service member or a patriotic volunteer, there are many ways to honor local heroes, such as visiting veterans homes, assisting with ceremonies of recognition, or collecting personal memories and photos from veterans for keepsake journals. Remember, showing your gratitude to veterans does not have to be limited to Flag Day, Memorial Day or Veterans Day. Thank you to all who have served Old Glory. Happy Flag Day.
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 313
May our flag long wave
The American flag has stood through war, peace, political turmoil and has helped make this a more patriotic nation.
From 1777 until now, the stars represent a unity of purpose, the red stripes represent the blood that has been shed for freedom and the white stripes represent a purity throughout the land. The flag represents the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. And even though protesters can burn the flag, they cannot burn what it stands for.
Our flag also represents help and comfort to other countries that have suffered calamities, such as storms, famine, disease or other unusual developments beyond their control. It still represents the land of the free and the home of the brave.
I hope it will be the flag of untold millions yet to be born in America. God bless America.