December 15th, 2009
07:00 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 12/14/09

Editor's Note: Many of you appreciated AC360° reporting the news about Tiger's sponsors, and not focusing solely on his infidelities. The segment about the killings in Chicago brought many comments. Some of you said that putting the blame for youth violence on teachers is unfair to the dedicated educators working in challenging districts. Some put more responsibility on parents to guide their children.
Anderson Thank you for being a respective reporter and treating your guest with respect. I am so tired of these anchors cutting off their guest who are not giving them the sensational crap they want to call journalism. I have turned off your competitors and like watching your stories. Stories of Tigers infidelity is his private affair, but the sponsors dropping him is your story. My private life or anyone else's life should be theirs until they so choose to share it. Keep up the stand up news reporting.

I can't disagree more with your educational expert Mr. Perry. Mr. Perry commented that children aren't born violent and that the educational system failed them. I am an inner city school teacher and am quite offended by this comment. When are we going to put the responsibility back on parents to raise their kids. I personally see how no matter what we as teachers do to education children, if we don't have the support of the parents, there's not much we can do. Parents need to take a more active role in their child's education. They need to support education and enforce the importance of education. Too many parents see our schools as babysitters. Let's get real. It's not the school systems that are failing these kids, it's their parents.

I am always sad to see stories about youth violence and tonight's story about the boy in Chicago being killed by fellow schoolmates is very disturbing. Equally disturbing is the predictable response from people like your guest who immediately blame school teachers and administrators as the primary people to be held accountable for these events. Are there poor teachers and poor schools in the country? Yes. But teachers are struggling every day to overcome the impact of poverty, neighborhood violence, and absent or neglectful parents on students' lives. Most educators are dedicated professionals who dearly want to make a difference in the life of a child. However, schools can't always be the first ones blamed and the last ones funded.

Up here in Seattle we face similar situations as the communities in Chicago regarding youth violence. We have 45% of youth of color in detention, 54% in Adult jail and 9 to 12% of the total state of Washington. Our public school system is highly dysfunctional rank 46 in the country. The streets are winning the battle of our young men & women and that within itself is a war on our Youth. Keep them honest and give our kids the education they solely deserve.

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  1. George Lindstrom

    I was watching the replay this morning on your discussion with Steve Perry and was extremely disappointed that the majority of the discussion on why there is so much turmoil in the Chicago school system was due to the politicians and the educational system. Without a strong reinforcement of family values and family input, the chances of students succeding is marginal at best. To put the majority of blame on teachers is irresponsible reporting

    December 15, 2009 at 12:48 pm |