What a shame
In Friday’s edition of our paper, we ran a front page article detailing several incidents of threats, drugs and fighting in Newton County Schools. It seems crimes schools in much larger cities would see are creeping into Newton County.
Our editorial board does not want to lay blame on any teacher, administrator or Board of Education member working for our schools. Unfortunately, school has become more about keeping children in line rather than actually educating them. Teachers spend precious instruction time containing and chiding misbehavior. It cost taxpayer money to hire deputies to patrol the schools and control situations as they, often, arise.
Ultimately, if students thought they would be punished at home for what they are punished for at school, then these types of incidents would not happen.
Parents, please take an interest in your children’s education by disciplining them for misconduct at school. Teach them respect for their elders, self- control and the importance of community service and a basic education.
Newton County schools and schools all over the world would produce more compassionate and intelligent thinkers if every parent would adhere to this advice. As Michael Levine said, “ Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.”
For the first time in the county’s history The Covington News and the Newton County Chamber of Commerce have collaborated to present a candidates forum. We have invited those running for county commission, Board of Education, tax commissioner, sheriff and even state representative or senator.
We will ask each candidate a few questions pertaining to their position if elected from 6: 30 p. m. to 8: 30 p. m. October 23 at Turner Lake. All county residents are invited to attend the free event.
This venue will provide the perfect opportunity to see where each candidate stands on important economic, educational and developmental issues facing the county.
We strongly advocate citizens being a part of the political process. That’s what our forefathers intended for the residents of this country and we think it was a pretty good idea.