It hurts to think of the horror of the mass shooting at the school in Ovaldi, Texas.
It is equally devastating that such tragedies now occur so often that it is almost impossible to remember them all.
While we need to do everything we can to make children safer at school, Safe schools are not created by installing metal detectors or other security technologies, but instead by building important relationships.
Socio-emotional learning is an important tool for building such relationships.
School attackers often deal with mental health issues and often experience stress that immediately precedes their attacks.
Many live in abusive families or have experienced heavy losses.
While it may be obvious that some students need psychological help, it may not be easy to identify other troubled students.
This is where socio-emotional learning can help.
Children can learn and use these skills to regulate their emotions, understand and communicate with others better, and make good decisions.
These skills can enhance students’ mental health as well as lead to a decrease in behavior problems, including violence.
As reported in the July 18 Post and Courier, in most cases of school violence, at least one person knows of an attack before it occurs.
In order to encourage students to speak out loud, each student should have contact with an adult on campus. Socio-emotional learning can strengthen these connections.
We will never know how many tragedies are avoided when senior students warn of them. Unfortunately, we know how much it happens when it doesn’t.
So much to remember.
Founder, Social Emotional Learning Alliance in South Carolina
Remember to tip
While it may seem encouraging that unemployment numbers in South Carolina are improving, I find it puzzling that officials in this country consider “those who are unemployed but looking for work” as part of the workforce, as reported in the Saturday Post and Courier, “The workforce is still below the national average.”
People who are looking for work are not the same as people who work. It is easy to see that many local businesses are understaffed.
Some companies have reduced working hours, in others there may be a long wait, and some companies have closed their doors due to lack of assistance.
Businesses and employees are also suffering from the effects of inflation.
Please, tip your servers, especially those in fast food restaurants.
Not only are they working under pressure with fewer employees, they need extra money to survive.
Trump lacks virtue
I am writing in connection with the July 22 letter to the editor, “The Great Hypocrisy”.
There is a lot of criticism leveled at Presidents Joe Biden and Donald Trump.
One important difference between the two men is virtue or lack thereof.
President George Washington once said: “Human rights can only be guaranteed among virtuous people. General government … can never be in danger of descending into a monarchy or an oligarchy or any form of tyranny or oppression so long as there is any virtue in the body of the people” .
Benjamin Franklin vehemently warned against the lack of virtue when he said, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and brutal, they need more of gentlemen.”
If virtue in the people is important, it must be possessed by their leaders if there is any hope of it being in the body of the people.
The January 6 Commission has given us a closer look at what happens when a leader’s virtue is lacking, and I am personally grateful.
When I was in elementary school, we practiced sitting under our desks to avoid a possible Russian nuclear weapon exploding.
I will turn 78 next month, and the world is still being intimidated by the Russians.
At first, we pretended to fight communism. But we were at war with the same old autocratic imperialism that filled the world history books.
It’s time to end this. The best way to bankrupt Russia is the same way the Soviet Union was bankrupt.
this means The war in Ukraine It should last for some time.
Even if Russia captured Ukraine, it would face what the United States faced in Afghanistan, 10 times. There is no possible victory for Russia.
The nation is stuck in the trap it created unless we let it out.
We must continue to support Ukraine and urge it not to compromise with Russia.
It’s a small price to pay to get rid of Vladimir Putin, the evil KGB, and the Federal Security Service. We need to persevere.
William A. Johnson
missed by Gilbert
I miss dr. Edward MWeekly column, “Line by line.”
His columns were very interesting. I wish him the best.
Fred W. Kennard, Jr.