Letter to Editor: WHY DID BARACK OBAMA GIVE THE NATIONAL COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS AND NOT BETSY DEVOS OR PRESIDENT TRUMP?
By JAMES HANKINS
Betsy DeVos is our top educational expert and national secretary and TRUMP is the leader of the free world. As a retired teacher, I know how smart all our students are when given the opportunity to truly express themselves on paper where all students, using spell and grammar checks are equal (smile). I suggest teachers and parents have their students/children write a paper on whose words they believe, trust, and why. Parents, please do not give your opinion on this subject first because you need to see how your children think on their feet. After they finish their paper, the family discussion should begin. Parents you will see if the verbal and demonstrated values you taught rubbed off on your children. The coronavirus lockdown will supply all the time plus needed for this valuable family lesson. As a master teacher and parent, I have found that children have a lot to say and will respect the people who take or make time to listen to them. In 1968 a R&B group, The Intruders, recorded a hit song “Cowboys to Girls” spelling out the fast mental and physical growth they went through. Our children will also have a fast transition leading us through this 2020 metamorphosis. Let us hope we prepared them. This same type of predicament happened over 2,000 years ago when hate, ignorance, violence, and natural disasters changed the landscape, but joy came in the morning. Isaiah 11:6 “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.”
James J. Hankins—Wilmington, NC— 910-233-1968