- Fatal-shooting victim ID'd; uncle said he tried to break up fight (9/29/16)30
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Sister: Shooting victim died a hero (9/30/16)9
- Perryville couple arrested on felony drug charges after sting operation (9/29/16)
- Perryville High principal on leave; no reason given (9/28/16)9
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Animal-rescue group receives grant from rock star for spay, neuter assistance (9/28/16)1
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Monia pleads guilty to 9 counts of financial exploitation of elderly; dealings with murderer Joseph clarified (9/28/16)11
Learning to think for yourself
To the editor:In response to the story "House seeks to rein in 'rogue' teachers": This House bill against rogue teachers sounds vaguely familiar. It reminds me a great deal of Hitler and Saddam Hussein's idea of a curriculum for a college education. There are too many closed minds in society now. Missouri, please don't legislate narrow-mindedness into law.
A college is supposed to expose students to broader horizons and expanded thoughts. If the student is so insecure that he can't listen to new ideas and form his own adult beliefs and opinions, then it's the student who has the real problem. A college is supposed to educate its students to think and believe on their own.
I am a Southeast Missouri State University graduate and am thankful I had the opportunity to learn to think for myself. I was never taught the arrogance that only one way of thinking is acceptable. I don't consider this a "liberal" or "conservative" attitude. I call it being a responsible citizen. The teachers who imposed their beliefs on students with low grades and forced signatures should be censured, but we don't need this law.
LYNN BOLLINGER, Camilla, Ga.