Letter to Editor: RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH
From: Fillmer Hevener, Ed. D., (434) 392-6255
224 Mohele Road, Farmville, Va. 23901
Sanford M. McDonnell, Chairman emeritus of the former McDonnell
Douglas Corporation, wrote: “We in the business world don’t want
young people coming into our employment and into our communities
who are brilliant, but dishonest; who have great intellectual
knowledge, but don’t really care about others; who have highly
creative minds, but are irresponsible. All of us…need to do our
part in helping build young people of high character.”
Although most of us can agree that the first place where
character building should take place is in the home, we also
know that school plays a prominent role in forming the values of
Virginia’s Board of Education should consider developing and
approving values training for public school students.
Such learning units and course(s) should include the study of
fundamental human questions such as: Why are we here? How did we
get here? Is death final? How should we treat others? Why is
assuming responsibility important? Why is honesty preferable to
dishonesty? What is the value of objectivity?
Bob Chase wrote: “I believe that a values vacuum exists in
American society, and that teachers must not be casual…about
The time is here for us Virginians to demand that our public
schools teach not just the three R’s, but V (values) as well.
Producing honorable students as well as informed students is
necessary for the survival of a strong Virginia and America as
we move into 2010.