Steve Henson’s column (Metro, March 11) and Ray Aguilera’s editorial (Ideas, Feb. 26) prompted me to write this letter.
It is with much dismay that I read about Pueblo City Schools. And yes, Ray, I am mad as hell! The teacher in Mr. Henson’s interview mirrors the same opinions that I and many other teachers hold.
The teacher addressed discipline in the classroom and the need for parent cooperation. Recently as I waited in the lobby of a crowded restaurant, I observed a father with a 12-year-old boy.
The young boy was unable to control himself. The boy was talking loudly and engaging in horseplay and rough-housing with the father. It was annoying to the other patrons. The man seemed to enjoy and encourage this. As I sat there, I wondered about this young boy’s classroom behavior. Is he ready to learn or to be disruptive? Could the teacher deliver her message to him and the other students? Who had “attention deficit disorder,” the boy or the grown-up?
Parents must send their children to school ready to learn. The child’s teacher is the one most knowledgable about a student’s abilities and progress. If the teacher is conferring with parents about their child, they have the information to help the parent understand what is best for the student.
Teachers have a very difficult job and all the money in the world can’t solve the classroom problems they face daily without the support of the parent.
I am wondering if all the consulting fees paid to a New York firm to fix our schools would be better spent on our teachers.
What changes would they address concerning the problem of classroom discipline and parent cooperation? Would there be another study done or would our teachers know how to fix the problem of unruly students and their permissive parents?
Retired D60 teacher