To the editor of THE EAGLE:
The recent Eagle op-ed column by Esther J. Cepeda of the Washington Post entitled "Needed: a parental report card" accurately places the responsibility for failing schools on failing parents. Too many politicians would rather beat up on teachers than do the politically incorrect thing and speak the truth, as Ms. Cepeda did.
The lack of scientific literacy negatively impacts the discussion of human development. From conception to the third year of life, the nascent central nervous system is most vulnerable. It needs love, attention and good nutrition as much as the skeletal system needs vitamins D and calcium. If children showed up at school with rickets would it be the responsibility of the teacher?
Too many children are coming from highly stressed home environments. Many children are living with a single parent struggling to get by.
Scapegoating is the morally corrupt way of dealing with the failures of a social order that sees the accumulation of wealth as more important than the welÏfare of the most vulnerable.