Parents who limit education won’t let children grow
My mother was the first in her family to graduate from high school, in 1944. My father and his siblings never got past sixth grade.
I was the first on either side of the family to go to college and graduate; my four siblings followed, along with most of my cousins. My daughter pursued a bachelor’s and master’s degree at Rollins.
My parents wanted more for us than they had – more education, more opportunity, more success.
It’s what I thought all parents wanted for their children. But I’m wrong. There is a group of misguided vocal minorities who do not want their children to be better than them. They only want their children to learn what they know, nothing more. No other culture, no other religion, no other color; no other nationality, no other sexual orientation, no imagination, no creativity, no sense of what has been and what can be. They don’t want their children to be exposed to the history that made us who we are today and the history that we will create tomorrow.
They burn books and question films entirely intended for entertainment.
Do these parents know that in some Third World dictatorships, children are only taught from the Koran or from a government-controlled manifesto? There are no other books. Dictators don’t want them to know what’s going on in the world. Keeping them ignorant (and basically uneducated) is the only way to control them to do whatever they want and stay in power. Dictators love the illiterate – they are easily fooled and easily controlled.
Judi Carey Orlando
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Thanks to the time and talent of so many people, including Governor Ron DeSantis, the Sanibel Island Causeway reopened just three weeks after it was destroyed by Hurricane Ian (“The Sanibel Island Causeway reopens early”, October 20). Too bad the story wasn’t big enough to make the Sentinel’s front page. Once again, that honor went to an article on the liberal culture wars and woke politics.
Janet Smith Windermere
The fictitious arrests in Florida for electoral fraud are an example of a politician creating a problem where none exists and then using the strong arm of the government to impose his will.
According to recent studies, Florida had a surprisingly low voter fraud rate.
Ron DeSantis has made a habit of using politics to tighten the government’s grip on the citizens of Florida in a number of other instances. Imposing a purity test on Florida public school students and teachers, stifling intellectual freedom. Punish businesses that express views different from its own…see the changes to the administration of the Reedy Creek Improvement District. Using taxpayer money to transport Venezuelan refugees from Texas to Massachusetts.
And this man calls himself a conservative. He is an autocrat and a statist.
Jean David Bethel From Land