Teacher’s note shows some parents don’t care

Something stinks in Buffalo all right and it’s not just the kids. The Nov. 23 front-page article about a teacher sending home a controversial hygiene note underscores an underlying problem facing Buffalo schools. A lot of parents just don’t care. Here is a system that can’t even boast a 50 percent graduation rate. Do we wonder why? Parents can’t even bathe their kids or wash their clothes.

Schools used to be educational systems. We have allowed them to become surrogate households where we baby sit, feed and clothe kids, and teachers are ostracized for not taking over parental duties. Let’s refer to schools as what they have become: orphanages – places where kids go because there is no one else to take care of them. The only problem seems to be they have to go home.

Bob Pfeiffer