2010-05-29 / Editorials & Letters

Levy critic responds to invitation for a civil debate

Editor:

In response to Cheri Carlton’s letter, I agree it is good to have a civil debate. For the record, I do support our schools and the education of our children.

The point I am trying to convey is “conserve.” You indicated that 77% levy’s go to pay teachers wages and that new teachers start out around $31,000 per year. I think that is fair. New employees should start out making less than tenured employees and work their way up through the ranks of their chosen careers. Is that not the way it is everywhere?

What are you implying? That they should start out at $88,000 per year? Generally, even the most educated people in our society starts out at the low end pay scale of their chosen profession.

You also implied that teacher subs and volunteers would somehow have less knowledge; passion and even innovation to offer our children. Not all of us parents are ignorant or incapable of helping our children with their homework.

I believe that Lakewood levy’s fail -vsother districts due in part to financial status of the tax payers. I am just saying that taxing people out of their homes or business does not help educate the children of our community.

Because teachers are unionized does not guarantee the best education anymore than their salaries do. Teachers cannot make your child smarter just because they make more money. Poor communities have teachers that are passionate. They love to teach as a doctor loves to heal. They share the sacrifice for the better of the community they work and live in. Those teachers insure that their students have at least the same future educational opportunities as the well to do communities.

We do not need to keep up with the Jones’ just to look like we can teach. I hope the teacher starting out at $31,000 a year tries as hard as the teacher making $88,000. The busing issue you cite is by statistics.

Everything is statistics. That must make it right. We cite statistics because we cannot justify it any other way to the tax payer. I rest my point.

Rather than repeating myself on the same issues, your shared sacrifice’s will fix many outstanding maintenance issues. Be careful of what you say about OSHA issues. I sure would hate to see someone fall through the bleachers after your admission. I would concentrate on correcting that issue.

It seems to me that you most likely are not a Math teacher. By my calculations: Less jobs; more taxes; less homeowners = less students = less teachers.

Scare tactics and threats just don’t work. A parent’s choice of having to move; or no new school clothes or how much they can afford for food this month is real. If it came to it, I would rather the students learned Math; English; Science; History and Social Studies, than how to throw a ball. You want everyone to believe that if we don’t give more to your wages, our children will become ignorant. Many of us went to small schools with just the basic required education. We turned out just fine.

Remember, we should share in sacrifices in our community. We are still waiting to see the schools sacrifices. Perhaps the Superintendant should give up the new car we are paying for? That would be a great example to set.
David Kenmir
Thornville

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