Safety on the highways should be the most important consideration in traffic laws. I think we should ban any children under the age of 14 from riding in autos......... also eating, listening to music, or driving with only one hand on the steering wheel.
I can't help but wonder how this would affect our police forces what with all the distractions they have in their patrol cars. Two way radios, radar, hand held walkie talkies, computers, and yep......"cellphones". All used in the line of duty! Did I miss something?
Gee, what has this country come to? When I was a kid we were poor but our family had to buy all of our textbooks at the beginning of each year. Somehow we managed and the books didn't change much from year to year because the basic principles of "reading, writing, and Arithmitic" don't change much.
We weren't concerned with being "politically correct", racial issues, or all the free stuff we could get from the government. Our teachers were good and we learned. If a teacher busted your butt at school you could rest assured you were going to get your butt busted again when you got home. Parents stood behind the teachers instead of running for a lawyer. We didn't have the discipline problems that are present in schools today.
Like I said.... we were poor but there was no free breakfast or lunch waiting for us at school. We ate breakfast at home, packed a peanut butter, baloney, or pimento cheese sandwich, and we paid attention in class not daring to disrupt it.
We also were taught not to mark in our books so we could resell them the next year or pass them on to another relative who might need them.
In a country where people already pay exhorbitant taxes on the real estate they own (in the name of funding education)and lotteries have been created to fund education I can't help but wonder what the problem is? Where is all that money going? Our schools should never be shortchanged in the manner they are!
Perhaps it's time to start busting butt and teaching the 3 R's again and forgetting about everything else. At least graduates will be able to read and write again.