The human race is connected to this earth. Humans, being part of nature, need to nurture the life of, and on, this planet. With this in mind, a prerequisite for society should incorporate the comprehension of, respect for human life. Parents and family are the key sources to supply lessons in respect for humanity, and schools are equally important, as the key secondary source. Although many people think the core curriculum is rigorous enough for students, the basic four classes in math, language, history, and science are not enough for children to function fully, or adequately, as conscientious and considerate member of society. Thus, parents and members of the community must bring this vital undertaking of social acceptance to fruition. It is imperative for citizens of the United States insist Congress to construct an educational reform updating the school’s core curriculum incorporating classes in respect for humanity, in order to educate the whole child, and ensure the safety of students. If each state requests emphasis within their schools on teaching respect for human life, there will be less violence in, and outsidschools. For this reason, respect for human life, must be a key component within the core curriculum.
In 1999, a massacre occurred at Columbine High School in Colorado. On that terrifying day, two male teen-age students garbed in trench coats rampaged through the school carrying loaded guns with intentions to shoot and kill others, and themselves. These two boys were for years victims of previous bullying. Nevertheless, part of their intent that day was for retaliation against those who previously disrespected, and bullied them. This horrific day brought awareness, that school safety needed ameliorating, and brought focus on the possible effects of bullying. In conclusion, it is evident that there was a monumental social disconnect, and fatal deficiency in respect for human life.
Parents take many measures protecting their children from infancy through adulthood. For example, parents scrutinize over which schools to send their children to, by evaluating the educational philosophies, academia, cleanliness, safety, and number of children per classroom. Unfortunately, the safety needs of children in schools are not being met. According to Bullyingstatistics.org, “There are about 160,000 children that miss school every day out of fear of being bullied.” (Bullyingstatistics.org) Bullying is socially, emotionally, and psychologically destructive. Bullying leads to undue stress on children, and detracts from the learning process. In fact, studies show that schools and community involvement is necessary for preventing, and stopping bullying tactics. Therefore, society must step in and campaign for the core curriculum to include classes teaching respect for all life.
Death and suicide are possible results of bullying. Suicide related to bullying has occurred in children from grade school through college, with the...