Please allow me to introduce myself. I am 84 years old and am retired after 30 years as an elementary teacher.
During my first years as a 4th grade teacher with the Carlisle Area School District, I was asked to serve on a committee to compile a book for teachers that would be helpful in stressing the importance of getting along with others. The book was entitled "Moments of Meditation."
Every morning after pledging our flag and reciting the Lord's Prayer, the elementary classroom teacher used this book as a guide to stress the importance of good citizenship and following the golden rule — "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." The administration and the teachers of the Carlisle School District believed this was very much needed at that time — the years of the '60s and '70s.
Maybe I have been misinformed, but I am under the impression there is no special time allotted today in the school day for emphasis to be placed on the need for our children to the practice of good citizenship. If this is true, my question is this: were the '60s and the '70s years filled with more hatred and selfishness than we are encountering today? Is there no need for us to consider today— 2017 — that our schools should insist on allowing a few minutes a day to encourage our children to follow the rule of all rules — the golden rule.
In closing, I wish to emphasize that I am sure today's teachers are constantly trying to instill good citizenship throughout their school day as teachers did of my era. That is one chief reason we chose to be teachers.