Letter – Lunacy is we don’t value our teachers

Re: Kieran Report: Bargaining lunacy deserves a dunce cap; March 15-21

Lunacy is we don’t value our teachers

Re: Kieran Report: Bargaining lunacy deserves a dunce cap; March 15-21

I read Brian Kieran’s report and realized that, beyond the usual simpleton-like dismissal of the teachers, the writer is trying to take us for dunces with questionable math. Considering the intensity of the interaction with the children and the responsibility that we parents put on the backs of the teachers, how many of us would like their jobs? How many of the parents who can’t deal with two kids when there is a strike would like to accommodate 20 or more kids for a day? I think our focus should be on creating highly exigent teachers and giving them the tools to do their job with less stress, rather than leaving them alone or helping them as much as we can. I think that, as a society, we mere mortals are jealous that the teachers get two months of holidays in a summer. The lunacy is not that the teachers ask for too much money (true as it is), but that we don’t value the real work they’re doing.

Ion Buicliu,Victoria

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