specializing in technology and computer science.
Here's the rub: As I recall, Glendale Police Sgt. Rick Young said that
over the past 10 years at least 50% of the homicide victims in the
Glendale Police Department's jurisdiction have been youths under 15.
Child abuse, and elder abuse by younger perpetrators, is on the rise.
Ethnic conflicts between youths are intensifying, two kids were recently
killed in La Crescenta, and officils put together a one-day conference on
The problem I have is that the school district is devoting an entire
school to specializing in teaching kids how to operate machines when the
real elephant in the room is that kids do not know how to interact with
other people on a human level. To me, teaching kids how to be better
technicians and to operate sophisticated machinery with greater ease
exacerbates the very problem your one-day conference is supposed to
What is needed is a magnet school that specializes in reducing
interpersonal alienation. Clark High School is a symbol to the youth
community. It symbolizes a denigration of human relations and it elevates
a life in servitude to machines as GUSD's highest value. If human
relations are worth a one-day conference, and machines are worth an
entire magnet school, its a small wonder that so many GUSD youths are at
each other's throats, or stupefied on drugs. What's there to live for?
An entirely different message would be sent to the youth by a magnet
school specializing in interpersonal relations, intercultural relations,
psychology, speech, anger management, conflict resolution,
non-pharmaceutical solutions to alienation and boredom, and opportunities
to learn how to identify and pursue personal interest.
The way officials actually distribute public resources tells the truth
about their personal and political debts and objectives. In my opinion,
its really a very deep shame that you folks are so mixed up.
WILLIAM J. KELLEHER