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Irvine to Teach 'Moral Values,' but Whose?

March 22, 1992

The schools of today need a change, and I'm glad to see that the Irvine Unified School District had an insight as to the solution.

Despite the growing intolerance Americans feel toward our schools' budget crises, teachers, administration, parents and clergy are all joining in the aid of one last and very important element of every educational system: the children.

I believe that somewhere along the line, the well-being of our young has been jeopardized by a series of political actions. As a result, many of our children have been turned into unwilling and apathetic students. It is refreshing to see that one school system has recognized the problem and is in the process of returning to the basics of everyday educational necessities.

As a beginning teacher, I am more than a little hesitant to enter an educational system which seems to focus more on taking than on giving. But I hope this turn toward a longer-lasting form of education will give students and prospective teachers alike a reason for giving and for building a better foundation for learning.

STEPHANIE FLINN, Long Beach

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