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Last night I was contacted by the Dr. Drew staff to call and comment live on his show with the comment that I made to his question about PSU taking down the statue of Joe Paterno. Unfortunately I did not get to my email in time for the live show to respond to the email and call the staff. But I did reply to the show staff with this response:
I'm so sorry that I didn't check my email in time for tonight's program with Dr. Drew but I left a message on your machine explaining to you that I'm a former educator myself of Severely Emotionally Disturbed children (and am out of teaching right now on a physical disability) and I'd be happy to call in and comment with Dr. Drew about this situation.
I'm a Pennsylvania transplant living here in Southern California (26 years now) and am married and have two grown adult sons. I would love the opportunity to write/speak with someone influential to this situation at hand at Penn State and share my suggestions with him/her/them.
I think the key is education. The statue and the football program are side issues. That's something physical that would only stir up riots within the school. I think the best thing to do about that statue (in my humble opinion) is to have the Joe Paterno family buy a gate/fence and enclose the statue and retire it to some part of the campus that is not highly visible. This way he is not the focus of the football team/program.
Start now and require the professors to come back to campus earlier than usual and have a professional team come on campus and teach them about abuse (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual) and then test them at the end and require that all staff (including the professors) be trained in this and please don't call it "sensitivity training" because we are not just 'sensitive" to the matter, we are proactive!
Then when school starts, every freshman takes a required course for graduation in their freshman year (and every student in the university takes the course to graduate). Immerse the school in education.
Dr. Drew is a prime example of an educator. He uses his show to educate the viewers and the people who come on the program. Not everyone accepts the education but everyone is given the same free opportunity to receive it.
I will stop here so you don't regret having asked me to comment... :o)
I tried calling the phone line today but got the voice mail and did not leave a message as tonight Dr. Drew is discussing Sex and Relationships and this is off-topic for the topics that he is covering. I won't try again tomorrow. They know how to contact me if they care to reach me and in the meantime I'm going to draft a more professional type letter to PSU (a number of offices) and will probably link that letter to this one when that happens.
Big 10 results
PSU reaction to results
Sports Poll about your feelings
What would you do? What are your thoughts?