A recent column on school referenda implied too many adults are paid to be around today’s students. But even before recent cuts to teacher and aide ranks, today’s kids have needed more interaction with adults, not less.
Any high school, where kids seriously outnumber adults, can seem more like a minimum security lock-up than a seat of learning. Do we really want kids to have only each other to interact with?
When a student has problems with academic work, fitting in, the opposite (or same) sex, the weekend, the future, family, health, drugs or anything, do we want them consulting with similarly confused kids? We should have far more teachers, aides, volunteers, mentors, counselors, coaches, parents and retirees on site to lend a helping ear.
We baby boomers will rely on these students’ intelligence, creativity and caring to make it through our later years.
- Brian Williams, Valparaiso