Anti-Teachers Union “Reformers” Hoisted on Own Petard …

by on August 29, 2011

To the Editor:

I am a teacher who loves, loves, loves her job. In the microcosim of my personal experience there is not one, single cause to poor performance in school. It has been so disheartening to listen to the national rhetoric that blames teachers for every ill within the system. We can not solve our school problems by pitting the different parties within the system or flinging blame. We can solve the problems by combining our knowledge and skills and working together. Each child is a puzzle capable od being whole and complete. Working together, without fear is the way to improve our system.

Darlene Cowles
Walworth, NY

To the Editor:

I wish I could say I feel vindicated as a hard-working public school teacher after reading about the data that’s coming in. However, the challenges will continue to grow. We, as a nation, don’t seem to want to recognize that poverty and lack of family support are major contributors to poor educational results. Now that the states are struggling financially to make a budget that works, class sizes are rising, support systems in the schools are disappearing (fewer and fewer para professional hours), and many parents feel free to blame the teacher is their child isn’t making it academcially. We have let the family off the hook, but teachers can’t do it alone. It takes a village to raise and educate a child.

Linda Ofner
Davenport, IA

To the Editor:

This is great news to hear, but the lack of editing in this article is appalling. It doesn’t look good to be commenting on the rigor of education and the flaws of the reform movement while committing a grammatical or spelling error every paragraph.

Katelynn Jensen
Ashland, WI

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