Re “It’s not the guns; it’s our society” (Letters, Feb. 28): Some of the points made are valid regarding the root causes for society’s ills. However, when the writer states that “Teachers in godless public schools are prohibited from teaching moral values,” I noticed a large amount of steam exiting from my ears. Nothing could be further from the truth!
The writer clearly believes that moral values are only taught in a church or by religious people, aka “believers,” not by those in “godless public schools.” As a public school teacher, I and all of my colleagues are “believers,” whatever our religion or non-religion is. We believe in teaching children to think for themselves, the greatest gift you can give anyone. We public school teachers teach moral values through the example of what we do and say every day and by promoting discussions of issues, right from wrong, empathy and the values of honesty, integrity and diversity. The reality is that there are no “Godless public schools,” but there are plenty of people who misinterpret the 2nd Amendment.
Michael Kennedy, Oakdale