A letter appeared in The Olympian on May 22, submitted by a citizen who, apparently, has no knowledge as to what plagues our education system. His belief is that teachers don’t do a good job and, therefore, are not entitled to a raise.
I have a family member who has taught elementary school for 30 years, and I would like to pose the following questions on her behalf: Would you believe that a teacher would be asked to change an urinary ostomy bag for a student? Would you be surprised to learn that a teacher helps a student who is sent to school in his pajamas find appropriate clothing for the day?
I will ask the letter writer what he thinks would be the best way to help a child who smells so bad that no one wants to sit next to him?
These are just a few issues teachers deal with while some people think that the whole class should be getting straight A’s. To their way of thinking, teachers are just not working hard enough.
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Summers are a vacation? I have known teachers who work during that time to make ends meet. Guaranteed medical and dental insurance for life? Teachers pay their share.
My goodness, where did you get your information? Before you write an accusatory letter you need to know what you’re talking about. You might start your education by volunteering your time in a classroom. Maybe that would give the teacher some time to actually teach a full day.
By the way, what has your Legislature done lately to earn their most recent raise? Me thinks your letter was misdirected.