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It doesn't pay to make generalizing statements

Posted: May 7, 2010 7:29 p.m.
Updated: May 9, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
After having read “Give them a chance” (The Signal, April 24), I felt compelled to respond.  

Jennifer Ragde expressed displeasure regarding an extraordinary Sulphur Springs teacher being laid off due to tenure constraints, and California being intent on keeping inept teachers on its staff.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Chances are the Sulphur Springs School District is being faced with unprecedented budget cuts along with the rest of California’s school districts.  

My guess is that, unfortunately in this teacher’s case, seniority is being used to determined which teachers the district can continue to employ. (It’s a common employment practice; maybe you have heard of it.)

I doubt seriously that any district would choose to lose an extraordinary teacher of any age or years of experience, or throw up-and-coming teachers to the wayside to keep old teachers on the bench.  

I work for the Newhall School District as a third-grade teacher, and our district is facing similar budget concerns. Choosing to let old, bored, tenured hacks to deal with our children is not only a cruel and inaccurate statement, but a very generalized one as well.  

I recently attended the Santa Clarita Valley Education Foundation’s Teacher Tribute, where more than 50 teachers from every school in this valley were honored.

Some of those teachers have been teaching for a few years; however, the majority of teachers honored have been teaching for 20 years to more than 30 years.  

It is not only young teachers fresh from university with new skills and knowledge, but teachers of all ages and years of experience who continue to attend college, as well as professional development on a regular basis.

According to Ragde’s description, not only am I an old, tenured hack (I have been teaching for more than 20 years), but so are those who were recently honored.  

I am excited to come to work every day, I am an energetic, dedicated member of the teaching team, and I look forward to guiding my students on their learning paths using new and old — but proven — methods.

I enjoy every day I step foot in my classroom. I believe I make a positive impact on my students, as that is my goal daily.  

Please think before you make insulting, generalized statements. Teachers work extraordinarily hard for salaries that barely equate to their worth, and most have your childrens’ best interests at heart.

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