If this were our prisons, we’d be outraged! We’d put a stop to it because we have control, but it’s even worse, this is our children’s workplace! We’re shoving our children into a meat-grinder. There is stress there and they do need breaks ….. just not ….
It’s now 17 years into this survey and for 6 years in a row, we’ve had the same results. It should be obvious by now that we either don’t care or we have no control, no solution.
The questions are:
- what can and should be done!
- Have we thrown in the towel and acquiesced?
- Are our children impacted by our national strife and
- Are they seeking solace for their depression in drugs?
- Why are they limiting their success?
- Can that all be turned around?
- Or, … should our public school system be scrapped?
We cannot just stuff our children into the meat grinder of public education and expect them to survive what now exists.
“This year teens in our focus groups talked freely about the extent of drinking and drug use among their high school classmates, not only after school, but during the school day, smoking marijuana in the school cafeteria and attending classes while high on alcohol and drugs,” Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Founder and Chairman Emeritus of CASAColumbia said in a statement.
Nearly nine out of 10 high school students answered that they knew classmates who were drugging, drinking or smoking during the school day. Fifty-two percent reported a known place on or near the school grounds where students go to use substances. 44 percent of the students knew of another student who sold drugs at their school, and of those who did:
- 91 percent knew someone who sold marijuana
- 24 percent knew someone who sold prescription drugs
- 9 percent knew someone who sold cocaine, and
- 7 percent knew someone who sold ecstasy.
More than a third of high school students said that it was easy or fairly easy for students to drink, use drugs or smoke during the school day without getting caught. Additionally, the survey results expose that every six in 10 high schools and one in three middle schools are drug-infected.
“What many parents fail to appreciate is that tobacco, alcohol and drug use are pervasive and relentless fixtures in the teen world,” Califano said. He explained that although much of teen exposure to drugs happens at school and with friends, parents need to be aware that it also occurs at home through television and the Internet.
What he’s saying there is that : 1) parents are unaware of how extremely poor role-models they are, and 2) certain drugs are gateway drugs – that includes tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana.
This article is presented 1) to make parents aware of what they’re sending their children into and if they’ve not done the things necessary to keep their children from being sucked in, it’s next-to-inevitable that they will be and 2) to stimulate what the proper way is, to correctly educate children ….. to open a discussion toward that end.
We cannot just stuff our children into the meat grinder of public education and expect them to survive.
Read the entire article by Janel Spencer.
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