We have been increasing the school budget for a good number of years, but the results have not been positive. Money alone is not the answer. At this time, I, too, feel that we should not abandon the three-year plan. It would be like changing horses in the middle of the stream.
A longer school day, in my opinion, is not the answer. It is not cost-effective since school personnel will demand more money. Children will only get bored since they can only take so much. Many work afternoons, and a longer day will only interfere with extra-curricular activities, such as sports, music, clubs and drama, to name a few.
We must find a way to teach the parents how to parent. A few points that we could emphasize are — are your children doing their homework? If not, get some proven Salem institutions to help out, such as the Boys and Girls Club, and The House of the Seven Gables. Parents should find out who their children are associating with. Do you suspect your children are on drugs or chum around with the some who are?
I remember an elderly person once telling me that if I told him who I chum around with, he could tell you who I am. How right he was.
We have met the enemy, and it is us.
Anthony V. Salvo
Former mayor of Salem