MHS principal, author has priorities wrong
May 23, 2013 11:44 PM | 1700 views | 1 1 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print

A recent MDJ story on a book written by Marietta High School Assistant Principal Dr. Gregory Taylor “Paradise Lost: The Unraveling of American Morals,” quotes him as complaining that “We’re going in the wrong direction” morally in our public schools. Dr. Taylor needs to be reminded that the business of public schools is “reading, writing and arithmetic.”

He says his thinking on morality comes from a biblical and historical perspective and makes it obvious that he is of the “spare the rod, spoil the child” persuasion. In other words, he wants to bring religion to public schools.

I think the city of Marietta would be better served if Dr. Taylor would concentrate on doing the job he is being paid to do instead of trying to contravene it.

I wonder whether Dr. Taylor has considered that the condition of our children is already a result of the influence of government and there is no reason to believe that public schools can do a better job of teaching morals than traditional religious entities.

Jack McKinney

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Nettie Helen Stemm
May 27, 2013
Mr. McKinney

You certainly do seem to have a knack for reading things that are not there. I did not see any place where Dr. Taylor said he wanted to bring religion to public schools, nor did I read the words,"spare the rod, spoil the child."

Further, I would think the Marietta School District is in a much better position to determine whether he is doing the job for which he is paid, than you are.

Could you cite the page number on which the good Doctor says that public schools can do a better job of teaching morals than traditional relgious entities?

your letter seems like a scare piece to me, and without much substance.
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