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The Covington News - - Opinion -

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.”

Candidates fo­rum

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.

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