LETTER: Turn off the excess

I'm sitting here in class as my students take the OAT test wondering why things turn out the way they do. I'm really starting to que
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

I'm sitting here in class as my students take the OAT test wondering why things turn out the way they do. I'm really starting to question why America has turned away from common sense.

Common sense to me has always been where you listen to the little voice inside of your head instead of the "experts" and you figure out the difference between right and wrong.

We have gone overboard as to how we educate our students and have gone to the dark side when it comes to electronic overload.

We're so busy we forget sometimes just to be. Our education system has always tried to be everything to everyone which is impossible. Our students right now are expected to be the best athlete, the best test taker, the best dressed, the best musician, the best everything. The adults are forgetting two things: To be the best someone has to be the least -- which is why competition in education is not a good thing -- and no one stood over them 24/7 constantly worrying about image which is what most of that garbage is. Common sense says even the dog stops chasing its tail after it gets too tired.

We are creating the "Plugged In" generation and it not a good thing. When I drive to school in the morning I hear songs about sex and ads about breast enhancement.

I check my e-mail and it's all about losing weight and Botox. I turn on the TV and see more than just kissing and hear every word except "that one." You can't tell me that our younger generation is not being affected by the constant stimulation. That's why words like sexting and cyber bullying now get to be a part of our vocabulary.

What does common sense tell me? Turn it off.

Until we learn to utilize common sense again America is not going to head in the right direction.

Marla Thomas

Monroeville