Y.E.M.S. learning

Dear editor: The school ordeal continues at Youngsville. Those causing problems at “Y.E.M.S.” may continue causing problems soon at Youngsville High.

I retired from teaching as the Physics instructor at Youngsville High. I hate seeing this fine community enduring this situation.

A few basics from my first day orientations: students are the clients, the most important people in the school district. Taxes are paid with the expectation that learning occurs with civil behavior expected. Students have a right to learn, a right to safety, and a right to peace of mind. Whosoever violates those rights wastes taxpayers dollars.

Our three kids graduated Warren High in the nineties. We still pay school taxes.

A disruptive and/or violent student can add tension even when behaving. Others worry, “Will he ‘Go off’ today?” Many such students have I. E.P.’s (special education plans), some don’t mean to be disruptive; others seem to play the system like a fiddle.

Concentrating these students in one attendance area multiplies the problem. Fellow students are “on guard,” making learning harder. “PSSA” test scores may drop and the school is chastised by the state for lack of “Adequate Yearly Progress”.

I’ve scanned the state pages on the program for disruptive students. “Special Ed” laws may disagree with some of the following, but the following are still correct.

1. Disruptive students need a fitting and humane program, but there must be consequences for inappropriate actions. Better now than in a courtroom (or mean streets) later.

2. Parents must be actively involved in any I.E.P.

3. An alternative education center must be established with speedy assignment guaranteed. The intent is not to punish as much as to protect the minority.

4. People, generally, dislike being attacked. Those innocents who defend themselves (with reasonable force) will not be disciplined in any way.

It’s time to end this folly and let Youngsville recover.

Much is said about deficiencies in public schools; some is valid.

As a retired teacher, yet long-time conservative, I hope fellow conservatives note: public schools have to accept everyone; private schools do not.

And, of course, other maladies don’t help: the decline of the family, the idolization of celebrities, and the elevation of charisma over competence.


Terry D. Hallock