One of my most intense local history interests is in the subject of our schools. In an era when self-control, discipline, morals and social values were placed at the top of the priority list as an important part of our education. Many of us who look back on those innocent years we spent in our local schools look on with awe in this year of 2011 when we hear that schools are now teaching sex education to many young students who don't know the meaning of the word "sex." Our societal descent into the world of drugs, drive by shootings, in-your-face sexual situations in the movies and on the television screen, like Pavlov's famous dog experiment, has been gradually spoon fed to American society beginning in the "soaring sixties" when our social values took a left turn and we "let it all hang out." We learned to read via that old classic "Dick and Jane," "Robin Hood" and other character building books. Today our younger generation gets to read about Tim having two daddies and Heather having two mommies. What was once "prime time" on television has morphed into language and sexual situations on TV and the movies that would have made us army, navy and air force veterans blush, as the social engineers change our perception of "tolerance" and what America should be. Please note that this is my (Tom Glover's) opinion of what I consider to be today's deteriorating social mores, and mine alone. I'm so inconsiderate that I still say "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays" I don't decorate a "holiday tree;" mine is a "Christmas tree." I still love to see "In God We Trust" on the coins in my pocket while others are trying to remove the slogan that America's forefathers believed in. There are legions of honest American citizens out there who would vehemently disagree with my positions on the negative societal changes we are seeing in this year of 2011. Consider this the opinion of an "old geezer;" a card-carrying member of "Wrinkle City," who continues to cling to those antiquated dark ages traditional values.
Exactly Tom! Why is it the more they "educate", the worse the problems become? I am starting to believe that some things are better left unsaid and unexplained. Later in life and after the age of reason perhaps but this is too much and too early. But alas, education is a business no more or no less than Ford or GM.