I fully agree with your editorial comments from the January 6th edition titled Take Care of Our Teachers.
Yes we must take care of our teachers because they in return provide a valuable service to our children. In order to maintain an educated and learned population, we must supply to the classroom instructors of experience, leadership, ability, imagination, knowledge, know-how, and flexibility.
Teachers of this quality should not be obliged to bargain or play games with the political hierarchy such as Mayor Giuliani or the New York City Counsel and wait for them to loosen their purse strings. There should be no hesitation to approve the contract as stated by the teachers union.
Bringing the New York City Council into the picture—as far as I am concerned, they are a joke.
A body of part timers getting full time salaries including lulus and other benefits, never forgetting to periodically voting themselves in salary increases at the expense of the taxpayer. This political machine in no way can be compared to the services provided by the New York City school teachers.
We must also consider the safety measures and the overcrowded classrooms, which are troublesome problems. Years of neglect, which has been an additional stumbling block. All this must be corrected.
Talking of the disruptive student, there is the possibility that many would do well in a learning environment with teachers of skilled trades and varied vocations.
Also the fundamentals of education can be taught in conjunction with learning the how-to’s of vocational training.
I would like to repeat that teachers are valuable assets difficult to replace and must not be taken for granted but treasured.