Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Parents need to set example

Graduation should be a time for celebration, but not so much that it distracts from other people trying to enjoy the festivities. Neshaminy parent Donna Esposito wrote in a letter published in this morning's Courier Times, "I was appalled by the lack of respect for the speakers that many of the attendees exhibited by shouting out names during the speeches . . . The use of air horns and screaming during the "roll call of graduates" was obnoxious and disrespectful to others whose names could not be heard over the uproar."

Ms. Esposito concludes "Why have our youth been labeled "Generation Me?" Perhaps it's because they've been taught by their parents that it is all about them and no one else matters. We also wonder why some teenagers are disrespectful. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree."

Any other graduation attendees out there want to chime in?

1 comment:

Pianomom said...

Ms. Esposito has really touched upon a much greater problem. We have seen a decay in parenting over the years which has significantly contributed to the decline of public education. Many parents don't help their children with homework, they don't volunteer in PTO, they don't support their children's after school events.
Too many parents provide only one thing for children today - a bad example.