I might have felt some sympathy for the letter-writer who laments that teachers complain about low salaries when at least they have a job (“Employed teachers shouldn’t complain,” Friday). But then he disdains the entire teaching profession by stating that “those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach.” Acrimonious insult doesn’t help his case; it only diminishes his stature as a logical thinker.
As a retired high school teacher, I challenge the writer to spend one day in the shoes of a teacher facing twenty 6-year-olds. Or 30 newly defiant middle-schoolers. Or teenagers, whose hormones are raging. I would like him to spend his weekends reading 3,000-word term papers or essay exams. Summer “vacations”? Mine were spent revamping curricula, reading new novels to present in literature class, researching a new approach for history class, or investing in creative ways to teach vocabulary. I also spent significant time tutoring those who needed extra help.
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