Adults responsible to set standards

Editor:

I am grateful that we, as a community, are discussing the appropriateness of “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.”

What is appropriate in one community may not be appropriate in another, just as what is appropriate in my house may not be appropriate in your house. I cannot say how much I love my community and the people in it. The love, encouragement and nurturing I received as an at-risk youth changed the course of my life. When my standards and what I thought was acceptable for myself and how I was to be treated were low, this community raised my standards and expected more of me.

I heard comments to the committee reviewing the book that the students have set the standard in the hallway and profanity and crude language are used, without discipline or correction.

We set the standard, not the students. We can’t let them. It is our responsibility to set it higher and to require more from them than they require of themselves. We do this for them because we value them, because they have potential and because if we show them a better way they can do immeasurably more than they or we ever thought possible.

Let’s continue our respectful conversations with one another, as we explore this topic together. But let us not forget what a beautiful and wonderful community we have and that it is our job to set the standard for what is appropriate, not the students.

Rachel Kittson-MaQatish

Sweet Home

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