Letters to the Editor

Letters to editor - John Rosemond: Nov. 23

John Rosemond
John Rosemond

Even his mother doesn't buy his advice

I would like to add my voice to those asking that the Herald-Leader cease providing John Rosemond space for his baseless, opinionated screeds attacking parents, particularly mothers.

In addition to the excellent Oct. 15 letter that points out Rosemond appeals to "nostalgic memories of a world that never existed," readers should know that much of the authority for his opinions is a fabricated life story contradicted by his own mother.

A 1999 New York Times Magazine profile of Rosemond by Susan Bolotin provides an opportunity for his mother, retired plant biologist Emily Goldberg, to respond to her son's myriad claims (at the writing of the article, Rosemond and his mother had not spoken for years).

Bolotin notes Goldberg's cynicism about her son as she weighs in on "the rigidity of John's ideas about religion and raising children" and contradicts his claims about his childhood, his abusive stepfather and the wisdom of his advice.

"I'm very surprised he's become conservative," Goldberg says (Bolotin opines: "the story of his transformation is proof that there really is no conservative like an ex-drug-taking, rock-and-roll-playing liberal.") "I think it's because the money is on the right. But I would not be caught dead reading a right-wing tract on how to raise a child."

Please, cease wasting valuable newsprint on a man whose relationship to reality — including his own — is so tenuous.

Gail Koehler


Columnist believes in disciplined learning

Here it goes again. The latest salvo against John Rosemond's column and the elderly with their nostalgic memories of a world that never existed concerning school systems.

Really? What backwater school did the writer attend? A school where a student who could not do the work was "labeled stupid and punished." Again, what backwater school did the writer attend?

School systems in "nostalgic memories" usually consist of one teacher for each subject. The level of learning was extremely high and knowledge was absorbed like a sponge.

And, yes, a strong learning ethic is the basic ingredient for pursuing and attaining a college degree. Parents gave the teacher full authority over their children. Respect came full circle. Try that in today's world.

Rosemond's claims that the temptation to use the computer as an easy road to earning a living is true enough.

Without a strong disciplined learning culture from teacher and parent, the student cannot rely on his/her ability to question and solve with common sense. We have already lost the art of cursive writing.

"Just Google it." The writer's violin is working overtime concerning "early to bed in an unheated home," thus poor homework.

In nostalgic times (again, the writer's term) the homework was minimal as 95 percent of the subject was learned in the classroom — not the pile-on homework that faces our children today.

Who is wasting valuable newsprint? Rosemond or the writer's drivel?

Case closed.

Ellen Barjuca