'Decision 63' should get blame for schools' woes
To the editor:
For years now we have been hearing that test scores have been on the decline despite the ever- increasing budgets for education. A recent letter to the editor proclaims that "teaching in today's world is not an easy one - especially not for those who are not trained." The writer did not even suggest what element causes so much difficulty in today's teaching as compared to times past.
Along comes Kenneth Mackley with the audacity to put the finger on what is the missing element of today's teaching predicament. Mackley identifies discipline as the missing element. To the education experts, the "D" word must be a loathsome as the "N" word was to the jury in the murder trial of the century.
While Dr. Spock's theory of permissive child-rearing provided a welcome excuse for parents to abandon their responsibility in disciplining their children, there is a far greater contributing factor that has set the course for years to come, made by the Supreme Court. I call it "Supreme Court decision 63", in which the real and only source of morality, bibical principles, was declared unconstitutional. I refer to the June 1963 misinterpretation of the First Amendment dealing with religious freedom. Has anyone noticed how evil works have skyrocketed since decision 63?