Parents are certainly culpable when their child commits a crime. We have certainly put athletes and celebrities on some kind of pedestal in our society. But, blaming the teachers of this nation for the ills of society is stupid. My job, of which I'm not even paid my full salary anymore, is to teach 12th graders to write well and analyze the hell out of the amazing language of George Orwell. Their bad habits and disrespectful bullspit is learned and perpetuated in their homes. In other words, get the hell off my nuts. I didn't birth them and I sure as hell didn't raise them. The absolute best solution here is to shut down all public education and leave the teaching to the parents, and public, of this great country-Orwellian style!
assume this is in reference to the Steubenville terrible act (word was filtered) case.
Looking more closely at the heinousness of the crimes and as more details were revealed, the worse it got. At their best, everyone even remotely involved displayed malicious apathy and at their worst, sociopathic deviancy. These two kids bore the brunt of the blame, but so many other kids deserve to be put in jail for their part in this; whether it was being present during the terrible act and not doing anything, the sharing of the photos, the absurdly arrogant comments and everyone along the way who failed to stop the situation from getting worse or failing to inform an adult.
This is not just a failure on the part of the now-convicted criminals, who have to wear this mark of shame for the rest of their lives, but on their parents, their teachers and the whole high school football mentality/culture that gives these kids all the praise in the world and freedom from repercussions of their actions.
I cannot comprehend how their moral compass allowed them to not feel shame or guilt over what they did--until they got into a courtroom. They really deserve worse than they got. I cannot believe they were treated as juveniles when someone not on the high school football team would have been tried as an adult. I guarantee if it was some kid who wore black every day to school, he would have been tried as an adult. I guarantee if it was a kid suspected of being in a gang, he would have been tried as an adult.
I ask you what is the difference between gang members and high school football players? On Friday nights, one of these groups get together, violently hurt other people and celebrate with alcohol and drugs afterward. The other group is gang members.[/quote]