Letters to the editor

October 09, 2003

Teacher control not a bad thing

To the editor:

It was September 1961 and the freshman class at South Hagerstown High School was more than 600 students. This was the future graduating class of 1965, and even though the total number diminished slightly, it was still the largest class to graduate from the school.

The school had a total of nearly 1,800 students attending. We were crowded. We were the "Baby Boomers" and we had crowded classrooms since kindergarten. It was normal to have over 36 or more in a class. We learned because principal Richard Whisner and his faculty had control and we respected them.

This was in the day that if you got in trouble at school, you'd be in bigger trouble at home. Now no one can lift a hand in discipline for anything so the trouble-makers run wild. Nothing scares them. The recent letter by Jeannette Kaylor Rutledge is is so true.


I grew up reciting the Lord's prayer and the pledge to the flag each morning from first grade to high school. Then Madeline Murray changed things. By taking religion out of the schools, it has left the door open for the work of the devil. The lack of respect the students have for authority and the rebellion are all signs of students out of control.

By the way, we all know what happened to Murray.

The school system has relaxed the strict standards that I endured. No slacks or jeans, no shorts, no sneakers, etc. We were required to dress like ladies and gentlemen and act that way. It was tougher back then, but I for one am glad I went to school when the teachers had control and religion was cool.

Tamara Baker Hoffman
Class of '65 SHHS

United Way helps the arts

To the editor:

The Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County, W.Va., is strongly dedicated to enriching the cultural opportunities of the children of our community. The financial support of United Way helps several thousand children participate in arts activities, dance, drawing, theater, music, sculpture, painting and poetry.

The joy of life-long learning is an important part of our organization's mission. United Way recognizes the importance and the value of arts in education in reaching this goal. We want to provide every child with creative, educational and fun opportunities for learning through the arts. Children learn in different and individual ways. What better way for our children to learn to communicate, to work together, than through the arts?

AHA! and United Way support programs in the arts by bringing into our schools professional dancers, musicians, visual artists, writers and storytellers to work directly with students. Art supplies, not otherwise available, are funded: Paints, paper, clay, music and sculptural materials.

This year AHA! funded a project, "Sign Me a Story" at Ranson Elementary School.

Students not only were part of the performance, they learned to sign and communicate with the hearing- impaired. Several schools have the spotlight on music as diverse as Appalachian minstrels to Tchaikowsky's "Peter and the Wolf."

By contributing to this campaign, you are providing our children with unique opportunities to explore, learn and enjoy the thrill of creativity. You are investing in the cultural life of our community.

As AHA! enters its 27th year as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, thank you for being our partner in this imaginative educational arts initiative.

Pam Parziale
Charles Town, W.Va.

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