Freedom or disaster?

The following was written on November 28, 2003, and appeared in The Falmouth Outlook. Revised slightly, I offer it as a bench mark piece to gauge how fast our society is changing and the possible and probably conflict with other cultures.

The speaker for Rotary, Superintendent Patrick Clore, had just given a stimulating program, reciting programs for which the public schools were responsible today, well over 50 as I recall, in contrast to reading, writing and arithmetic, when he first began his career as a teacher. Then, he pointed out that the most important factor in how well a student does in school is the involvement and support of his or her family; he closed by saying that the family unit has continued to disintegrate in American society.

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