Change PrioritiesI read in The Sun Oct. 26 that Baltimore...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 11, 1994

Change Priorities

I read in The Sun Oct. 26 that Baltimore County school board member Dunbar Brooks, when commenting on the recent student suspension statistics, was quoted as saying, "There's something wrong. There is an attitude problem. There is a prejudice."

Although I am an African-American, I must beg to differ with Mr. Brooks.

I am a 55-year-old grandfather, and I take my two grandchildren to county schools daily. I also visit the schools occasionally and participate in volunteer activities at the schools.

I recently read a quotation from a speech given sometime ago by New York Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan and I will only quote a brief excerpt here:

"A community that allows a large number of young men to grow up in broken families, never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority, asks for and gets chaos."

He went on to say that crime, violence, unrest and disorder are not only to be expected but "it is very near inevitable."

Given the fact that we (African-Americans) have a disproportionately high rate of unwed mothers and/or fatherless homes, along with the fact that we also have a disproportionately high rate of crimes of violence, it certainly seems that Senator Moynihan's prognosis is right on the mark.

I am extremely disappointed that our leaders, especially African-Americans, continue to look for excuses and have a kill-the-messenger attitude.

All of us should be setting the problem of unwed mothers and broken homes as our top priority to start a reversal of that horrible statistic.

Yes, there is prejudice, not only in our schools but everywhere in America. Yes, there are economic problems, problems with drugs, child abuse, etc.

The list goes on, and certainly we want to address those issues. But let's prioritize our concerns.

Let's start to be accountable and stop looking for excuses. Let's start to direct our energy and intelligence toward correcting the major source of anti-social behavior, and that is the high rate of unwed mothers with the resulting breakdown of family and the related support system.

Frederick Hines

Randallstown

Real Progress

Education Alternatives, Inc. is committed to providing the best possible educational opportunities for the children of Baltimore.

We are proud of the very real progress that has already been made in EAI-managed schools and confident these schools will continue to provide an exciting environment for learning.

There are many variables that affect student performance. Test scores are one important measure of achievement.

So are higher attendance rates, greater parental involvement, better attitudes toward school and learning and a cleaner and safer school environment. These are real accomplishments that have already made a difference in many Baltimore classrooms.

We have asked eight current and former school administrators to evaluate, student-by-student, the academic performance of the 8,150 pupils in the EAI-run schools. We will report their findings to the people of Baltimore as soon as they are available.

It would be unfortunate to allow an apparent error by the Baltimore City Public Schools in the reporting of standardized test scores to obscure the many accomplishments of the pupils, teachers and parents who have worked hard to improve these schools.

As your Oct. 19 editorial correctly noted, improving test scores is a "long-term effort" that takes years to accomplish.

I should also point out that EAI had nothing to do with the tabulation of the citywide test scores, and there is absolutely no connection between the results as initially reported and the award of the contract to EAI in Hartford.

Parents and students have a right to demand excellence in their schools.

We believe that by focusing on the needs and talents of each student, the Tesseract method can help children realize their full potential.

Our only purpose is to help them achieve that goal.

Philip E. Geiger

Baltimore

The writer is divisional president of EAI.

Help for ADD

I would like to thank Sandy Banisky for the fine article on Attention Deficit Disorder in adults, Oct. 20.

More and more adults are seeking a diagnosis, usually after their child has been diagnosed; and what a wonderful difference it makes in their lives as they begin to understand why they do the things they do.

I was disappointed, however, that no information was given to help people with ADD find help or answers to their questions.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD), a non-profit support organization for parents of children or for adults with Attention Deficit Disorder, has chapters in every state, 15 in Maryland alone.

Many chapters hold separate meetings for adults with ADD. Information on chapter locations may be obtained by calling the national office at (305) 587-3700.

Alice Welsh

Bel Air

Holocaust Monument Miscast in Current Form

Your Oct. 31 editorial, "Remembrance for All," needs to be addressed on several points.

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