A letter writer wrote that there was a direct correlation between parental involvement and student success ("Private schools and the 'P' word," April 20). I concur. In the column by Leonard Pitts Jr. ("No excuse or explanation for Farrakhan," April 27, Page B-6) he touched on the issue that schools and communities will not address: "Those who won't help themselves deserve our scorn. And the children of the latter deserve some form of intervention to help ensure they don't grow up like their parents."
In "U.S. ignoring reasons behind student failure" (April 24, Page B-7), George Will wrote, "No reform can enable schools to cope with the 36.9 percent of all children and 69.9 percent of black children born out of wedlock, which means ... a continually renewed cohort of unruly adolescent males."
If parents don't care, why should students? If parents aren't involved and demanding excellence, outside influences -- media, gangs or others -- will determine learning and behavioral patterns. Inappropriate behavior blossoms without mature guidance; when teachers attempt to teach, they must fight a battle to modify lifelong antisocial behavior. Quit blaming teachers if they cannot solve society's problems and induce learning where none is wanted or appreciated.