This writer ("Teachers arrogant to ask for raise," Oct. 23, Letters) slams all classroom teachers, labeling them "crybaby, arrogant prima donnas" and demands that they meet the performance criteria of the No Child Left Behind Act. I wonder if he has taken the time to investigate the requirements of NCLB? Does he have any idea of the stranglehold this act, and others like it, have on the actual academic instruction time teachers have to impart learning activities to your children and mine?
Does he know how many children come to school every day without food in their stomachs or who didn't have a bed to sleep in the night before? Does he know which of those kids have a parent in jail or who has smoked crack the night before and gone on a rampage at home?
I have five daughters, all of whom are teachers. Every one of my daughters know intimately each of their students and what goes on in their lives. To liken these dedicated individuals, and the hundreds of teachers like them, to "malcontents" and the "crew of the Titanic" is evidence of the sadly misinformed attitude of too many members of the public who blame teachers for all of the problems with our school system.
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Additional letters on this subject appear at www.modbee.com/opinion. They were written by Louise McCoskey and Dean Jepson.