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OPINION: Lack of parental involvement is cause of student failure

Posted 7/31/19

Mr. Baten (letter of July 23), I would like to thank you for giving this ignorant man understanding and insight into the working of the government. I hope it helps your position to call someone who opposes throwing money on/at a problem dumb. I will …

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OPINION: Lack of parental involvement is cause of student failure

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Mr. Baten (letter of July 23), I would like to thank you for giving this ignorant man understanding and insight into the working of the government. I hope it helps your position to call someone who opposes throwing money on/at a problem dumb. I will wear that title.

I still stand by my letter. Until the Sumter School Board gets its house in order and shows it can manage the money and assets it now receives, it should receive no new monies. The planned charter school is going to be a drain also. And, yes, I do have facts; when businesses pay more taxes, we (taxpayers) pay more for their products.

Public education is declining not because of a lack of money or good teachers. We have a severe lack of parental involvement. Let's cut to the chase. A vast majority of black parents (not all) are AWOL (missing in action) when it comes to involvement in their children's education. They say it is the teacher's responsibility to educate their children, teach manners and respect, while the parents do nothing but watch TV and get their hair and nails done. I hear the most ignorant statements from my people (yes, I am black). I have heard over and over the following statement: "I don't do no reading," like it is a badge of honor. This is absolutely the dumbest (I would say absurd, but Mr. Baten says I am not smart) statement ever. Until parents, both black and white, get involved, our students will fail.

Finally, Mr. Baten, I am glad you have great intellectual abilities and thank you for helping a poor boy like me. I am reading S.C. Act 388 now.

ROBERT (DUMB) JOHNSON

Sumter