Smarter than we
Regarding Steven Unruhe’s “The kids are more than all right,” (DN, http://nando.com/17o)
First of all, our students are smarter “than we are,” not “than us.” I do agree with the article though.
Our students are exposed to much more than we ever were. We are smarter about late 20th century history because we lived it, but today the top math taught in high school is calculus. When I was in school it was solid geometry. Students who take the highest level of courses available are taking Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes. In general we expect a lot more of our studente.
We are, supposedly, wiser, but when we were younger we did stupid things also.
Law needs teeth
When I came here in 1990 there was less crime throughout the state, but then more people were working. The work force was pretty much evenly divided: half white, half black. Then came the illegal immigration population.
You want to stop the crime issue? Fix the illegal immigration problem, and I don’t mean pass new laws enforce the ones we have. Title 8 of the U.S. Code is a well written law. It just needs teeth; it needs to be enforced.
Run this by Mayor Bell. Have him stop letting Durham be a safe house for these people, and I’d give odds the crime would drop as these black youths went back to work.
Frederick C. Bronson