Wow! Sounds like I struck a nerve with that one. All I was trying to
suggest was that the kids who are not getting the "moral and ethical
training" at home need more nurturing at school by teachers who know them
well. This means taking the time (I know every teacher's time is limited and
the demands on all of us are high) to know the kids outside of your own
classroom and discipline; finding connections with them on a more personal
level and trying to connect with what's important to them.
I think as long as teachers blame parents; parents blame teachers and the
states continue to undermine the creativity of our profession with
standardized (often biased) tests, we will never all be on the "same page".
I'm sure you know it's harder to be a parent "these days" just as it's harder
to be a teacher "these days". We all need to work together.
I still suggest that you look into the Coalition of Essential Schools at