2011-04-01 / Letters

Mayor Makes No Sense

Dear Editor,

“We can’t keep teachers just because they have seniority, we need the best teachers.” That statement makes no sense at all.

The very concept of “best” only makes sense when it’s used in comparison with something else. In order to be in a conversation about best vs. worst you need to have a track record of past successes or failures to make a judgment.

Regardless of your profession, whether you‘re a butcher, baker, or candlestick maker, just because you were the best in your graduating class, doesn’t mean that you will excel in real time. Teachers who have seniority have proven themselves in real time, when all of the undergrad training wheels have been removed, and they are forced to keep that bike steady, dealing sometimes with students who refuse to ride.

Thank you for keeping us informed on this issue.

ELGIN BOLLING

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