Students need more adults, not fewer, at school

2013-08-23T00:00:00Z Students need more adults, not fewer, at school
August 23, 2013 12:00 am

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

Copyright 2014 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Times

Featured Businesses

Submit a Letter to Editor

We welcome letters from readers on any issue of public interest, and make every effort to publish as many as we can and in a timely manner. The Times will publish only one letter a month from a writer, and be sure to include your name, address and a telephone number for verification. Letters should be 150 words or less. They will be edited.

Letters may be submitted:
  • Via our submission form.
  • Via e-mail.
  • Via fax: (219) 933-3249 or (219) 465-7298
  • Via mail or by hand to our offices:
    • 601 45th Ave., Munster, IN 46321
    • 2080 N. Main St., Crown Point, IN 46307
    • 1111 Glendale Blvd., Valparaiso, IN 46383
    • 3410 Delta Dr., Portage, IN 46368
    • Please mark envelopes with "Attn: Letters"


Email Editorial Page Editor Doug Ross or call (219) 548-4360 or (219) 933-3357



Do you agree with The Times Editorial Board's endorsements in legislative races?

View Results