The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 6, 2014

Readers' Forum 3-6 | Education key to child's development

JOHNSTOWN — I have worked with children throughout Johnstown and I have noticed the benefits and sometimes the need for quality education for young children. This begins in the early years of life when a young child’s brain is rapidly growing, allowing him/her to be prepared to absorb and learn new information.

Early childhood programs give children the tools to succeed. A solid foundation needs to be laid before the rest of a house can be built; likewise, children also need solid grounding in the early years of education in order to succeed in the following years of school and throughout life.

Let us not dismiss the importance of providing young children with caring and enriched learning environments. These children will grow up to be our future leaders and the backbone of our society.

Quality early childhood programs allow children to develop their social skills (relating with others, cooperating and resolving conflicts), self-awareness and exposure to literacy and other key concepts that are fundamental for their success in society.

Local programs could be enriched by providing children with increased opportunities to be actively involved in their learning. This involvement will help them to develop independence, initiative and creativity.

One of the most powerful ways to develop an excellent program is to create an environment of respect and love for children. All children should know that they are valued and have the ability to succeed.

Children will develop a love for learning when they feel secure and self-confident in their abilities.

Hannah Crittenden


Commercials reflect our moral decay

We are bombarded with commercials during the evening hours.

During the Christmas season, I was especially taken back by a commercial featuring a group of young men attired in only Joe Boxer briefs, jiggling their private parts to the tune of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

I am no prude by any stretch of the imagination, but I am sick and tired of these types of commercials, including the Victoria’s Secret and a slew of others.

These types of advertisements need to be banned from viewing during prime time.

It’s not OK for youngsters to watch a commercial with someone smoking a cigarette, but it is OK for them to watch a sparsely clad senior woman telling you that sex shouldn’t hurt or a son handing a father a condom on his first date.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Barbara Lloyd


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