Nanny State

We are all humans. We grow within our Mothers and are born and begin our development over time outside our mothers. Independence grows over time.

As a young person near Boston, I used to take myself into the Boston Science Museum on Saturdays each weekend. I was not accompanied by another family member. I used the Mattapan High Speed Trolley and Red Line and then the Green Line to get to Science Park. I did this almost every weekend between the ages of 7 and 13.
My Route.

At age 7, I once took my younger siblings with me to see Woody Allen’sTake the Money and Run‘. It was rated ‘M’.

I used to ride my bicycle around Milton, MA until the street lights came on during the summer. At Age 13 I rode my bicycle from Milton MA to North Falmouth MA. Later I participated in Centuries.

The likelihood of violence being inflicted upon any child is very low, but increases when the violence is being inflicted by another child. Bad stuff does happen, and the media does a terrific job of giving us the sordid details, but I’ve never seen them provide an analysis of the likelihood of the event happening to any individual. It’s sad certainly, but do we want to be total helicopter parents and restrict the development of the independence of our youth?

My kids are young people and growing older. They have their issues, sometimes not paying attention to their personal grooming. We had to visit DHS once when my youngest was reported for not changing his clothes and cleaning his nails. We have to pick our battles. Just getting him to bed can be a challenge.

Young people make mistakes. That’s one way that they grow and learn. Kids even do criminal acts. Rather than imprison them or take them away from their parents, how about educating all parties involved. It’s now known that a young person’s brain isn’t fully developed till about 24 years old or even later for some. Some consideration should be given to young persons and educating them about good behavior rather then reinforcing bad behavior by placing the in Prison .

Recent news show people calling police about a solitary child at the park or taking the subway by themselves. Don’t they remember being children themselves? I do.

Please be Good, not Evil.
God Bless America, Please.

Bernardo de la Paz

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STEM for Youth and Thank you to my teachers

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or STEM is where it’s at right now. I do believe in the value of a good liberal arts education but even more so combined with a STEM major.

I think it’s important to know both the intellectual and historical beginnings of our Nation.

History, language, art and Technical subjects are part and parcel of a good Liberal arts education. Of course content has changed over time. Used to be that a good liberal arts education de regur included Latin and Greek.

As a youth my education was largely Latin with a smattering of French. Thank you Mr. Earle and Ms. Noble.

Thank you Mr. Elliott for the introduction to Chemistry and to Mr. Burleigh for the Introduction to Computers with the PDP 8/L and the PDP 11/03

Thank you to:

General Sylvanus Thayer, Founder of West Point and Thayer Academy

Violet Cardarelli, Principal, Thayerlands

Coach Richard Sawyer, Thayer Academy

Joan Aicardi, 6th Grade, Thayerlands

Peter J. Benelli, Headmaster, Thayer Academy

William Elliott, Chemistry, Thayer Academy

Arthur Valicenti, Thayer Academy

Elizabeth Bailey, English, Thayer Academy

Grace Bernan, English, Thayer Academy

Peter Burleigh, Biology, Thayer Academy

William Cowperthwaite, Math, Thayer Academy

Rodney Barker, History, Thayer Academy

Marshall Litchfield, Biology, Thayer Academy

Reverend Frederick Nagle, Thayerlands

Peter Neely, Thayer Academy

Patricia Haseltine, Modern European History, Thayer Academy.

Ferdand La Chance, Physics, Thayer Academy

Neale McGoldrick, History, Thayer Academy

Lillian Wentworth,  Librarian, Thayer Academy

James Pendleton, Thayer, Retired 1976

George M. Butler, Music, Thayer Academy & Thayerlands

Hilda Donner, Typing, Thayer Academy

Henry Arthur Lea, Professor of Deutsch, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts Terra
Professor Lea had been a translator at the Nuremberg Trials.

I should also not forget to mention from the MIT High School Studies Program:

And from NESFA

Thank you to Michael A Burstein and Nomi S. Burstein who have a blog ‘The Brookline Parent’ and have two wonderful daughters.

I’m certain I’m leaving out some very important teachers from my youth. I hope to correct this down the road.

I’d also like to thank my friends, especially Ted Jackson and William Sawyer and Barbara Meek.

Adam Selene October 2014

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Youth is not a crime

Having been a youth some decades ago, I can say with authority that I would likely be a convicted felon if I had been caught doing the things I was involved as a youth, if not for Scouting and the MIT Highschool Studies program.

Most of us, particularly males, had similar experiences.

It’s well known that the human brain doesn’t fully develop till mid 20’s.  Unless our legislators are not human, they had similar experiences.

We should encourage our legislators to recognize this, and not treat most youth miscreants as criminals. We would want them to learn and grow and turn into the future citizens of character in our country, if possible.

God Bless America

Peter   October 2014

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