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Spectrum - August 10, 2012

Guest Opinion: Front-loading respect and compassion in the digital age

by Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet

Like many people throughout the world, I'm mesmerized by the Olympics.

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Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet has been a school social worker, educator, program developer and university lecturer since 1981. She was the coordinator of Parents Place Community Education and Bullying Prevention Center on the Peninsula for five years and a lecturer in the graduate program of social work at San Jose State University for 20 years. Her company, mydigitaltat2.com, has an office in Palo Alto. She can be reached at gloria@mydigitaltat2.com.

Comments

Posted by Isabel Uibel, RN, DNPc, a resident of another community
on Aug 15, 2012 at 7:24 am

Thank you for this important message! It is an immediate and visible reminder that we must educate, expose and continue to stress the importance of teaching and modeling tolerance, understanding and compassion for each other, no matter who we are or where we are from. The Olympics were a wonderful reminder of the best our youth can be and yet shed light on examples very public and sad indeed. There is much to be done in this area. We are collectively capable of much more and your article helps to remind us of that.


Posted by Jackie, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 15, 2012 at 7:59 am

You could have added Usain Bolt: "I'm now a legend. I'm also the greatest athlete to live."

Such boasting needs to be criticized, since it is not only triumphalism, but it is also false. He wasn't even the best athlete at the Olympics in London...there are a couple of American basketball players who are much better overall athletes than him, not to mention the winner of the decathalon.

Cassius Clay got away with this stuff at the Olympics and ended up calling Joe Frazer a "gorilla".


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 15, 2012 at 8:08 am

I am sorry that the quotes were quoted. It was not necessary to give them the publicity of being repeated yet again.

Usain Bolt only did what Casius Clay/Mohammed Ali did. The professional overpaid US basketball players are very different from some of the competitors from small countries who don't get paid to train for their sports and are dependent on sponsors, family or even a day job to train. So let's not go there! Don't make comparisons.

NBC did such a poor job of covering these Olympics that we only saw such a small amount of the real euphoria and competition.


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