On the problems in the Rochester school district: Children can't read. When they can't read, they can't write, do math, history, science, etc. We see this in the volunteer tutoring we've done at the Notre Dame Learning Center for the past two years.
This year we are working with three students in third grade. They are not working at their grade level; they are working at an early first-grade level. However, they have passed on to third grade. They sit in classes every day and struggle and can't absorb what's being taught, because the basics are not in place. They can't move forward.
What will be done to bring these children up to the level they need to move forward?
In "Yet Another Crisis for Rochester's Schools," Mary Anna Towler referred to "students who are being deprived of the education they need...." From what I see, city students aren't being deprived of anything. There are schools students can go to. There's transportation to take them there. There are teachers to teach them.
The schools have supplied books, pencils, and paper. Nobody is preventing students from attending school. Of course, they're flunking out, and the reasons for that have been debated for decades. But they're not being deprived of an education.
On Donald Trump and the midterm elections: What Trump has done is give us a crash course in democratic government weaknesses. The mid-term election responded to some of our weaknesses, but this is only a beginning. We have an opportunity to change the system.
The middle-class intellectual Democrats have become too comfortable. So now, Trump frightens us all, on a daily basis, with his Tweets, etc. Had Hilary been elected, we might still be comfortable and asleep. Chin up! It is on to 2020. Perhaps in 2020, our vision will sharpened, approaching 20-20.
A different look at gun violence
On a new research effort at RIT's Center for Public Safety Initiatives, which is focusing on retaliatory violence: I like the supportive approach to the victims. It goes even further than stemming retaliations; it helps the healing process.