Today appears to be imbecile day at the Greensboro News & Record.
First there is this letter to the editor:
Why does Greensboro tolerate baggy pants?
ABC News reports that Atlanta’s city council is considering an amendment to ban baggy pants. Critics argue that this legislation is a crackdown on culture, not clothes. Can Greensboro’s government do the same crack down?
Couldn’t existing indecent exposure laws address the baggy pants issue? What about N.C. 14-190.9, which states that any person at least 18 years of age “who shall willfully expose the private parts of his or her person in any public place in the presence of any other person less than 16 years of age for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire shall be guilty of a Class H felony”? Isn’t one’s derriere a private part, covered by boxer shorts though it may be?
It is frowned on when women breast-feed in public. Why is it not frowned on to insult taxpaying citizens in public places with this outrageous form of dressing? People should have the right to wear what they want in the privacy of their own home, but not in a public place. Culture used to dictate that it was OK to spit in public, but laws were adopted to ban spitting because it became offensive.
This is my opinion and I’m sticking to it!
Heh-heh, she said “crack down”.
Then, there’s this “Counterpoint” piece:
Don’t waste school time on Spanish
By Donald M. Miller
With the restricted educational resources available for our elementary education system, why are we wasting these resources teaching Spanish, the knowledge of which will be of no value to students? When millions of people worldwide are learning English, which most of us speak natively, it is questionable whether any of our children’s school time should be spent learning foreign languages at all, particularly when the language they are being taught is Spanish.
While Spanish is widely spoken, it is of little commercial importance and has even less cultural value. When and with whom will our kids use this language?
If it is necessary (not just “nice”) that our schools teach a foreign language, then that language should be one that will be of use and value to children when they move into higher education or business. Chinese comes to mind and possibly Japanese. Certainly Arabic is important, and Vietnamese will be. All of those languages are of significance right now and will be in the foreseeable future. Further, there are very few U.S. speakers of these languages, which is added incentive for teaching them.
We must not let political correctness dictate something as important as our educational curricula. If something is of value to our students, then teach it. We have neither the time nor the resources to waste teaching subjects that have no value other than making an ethnic minority feel good. Knowledge of a foreign language is a tool that must have a practical use.
Children once studied ancient Greek and Latin as mental exercises and as keys to studying the classic works of our civilization. Today our kids should study languages that will serve as commercial and cultural tools and that will enhance their earning potential.
Forget Spanish: It is a waste of educational time. Spanish is by far the easiest language for an American to learn, and anyone needing to know it for professional reasons can get reasonably fluent with a few weeks of Berlitz or something similar. There is no need to tie up years of educational time on this. It is of far greater value that our students be capable and fluent in their own English (which so many, sadly, are not) and that they be exposed to the art and music of our culture rather than an unimportant foreign language.
“[L]a más discreta figura de la comedia es la del bobo, porque no lo ha de ser el que quiere dar a entender que es simple.” Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha, Segunda Parte, Capítulo III.
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