2010-12-03 / Letters

Teachers Are Not What They Once Were

Dear Editor:

I agree with Mary O’Leary in her letter, “Teachers today are not the same.” I’m not saying ALL teachers teach really well. There are still a few goods ones left. As she says “they don’t really teach like they used to.” They pass kids along to the next grade even if they aren’t making the grade. What’s lacking is what I had in my days, teachers with passion and patience. Teachers loved teaching, enjoyed helping students and encouraging them to learn. They turned negatives into positives and took time “with the students and the parents. Whenever the parents had questions the teachers answered and explained until they felt the parents understood what they wanted to know. Unlike the teachers of today, they get frustrated. These types of teachers weren’t just in it for a paycheck. They went beyond the call of duty by talking to or helping a student after class or after school, even if it was just 15 minutes of their time, it went a long way. It encourages and helps the student believe in him or herself. These days as soon as the day is over the teachers are ready to rush to their cars or to the train/ bus and get home just thinking, “I hope they get it tomorrow. “

CYNTHIA SMALLS-WILLAMS

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