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May 27, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Accountability outside classrooms

We must fire bad teachers. Taxpayers good, teachers bad.

Clark County has some of the largest class sizes in nation, with some of least involved parents and most transient families. Is it safe to assume that if you increase the workload on any employee that at some point that employee’s effectiveness would decline? Can a doctor cure 200 patients in a day? Can a teacher change the lives of 180 students in day?

Are superintendents, school board members, state legislators and voters who allow large class sizes bad people?

Who is accountable for the long-term substitutes in mathematics and science classrooms? Do long-term substitutes qualify as bad teachers? Are adults with degrees in English, substituting in honors chemistry considered bad teachers?

Schools are being judged by how many parents complete online surveys. Bad or busy parents result in schools being judged as bad. We must fire bad parents. Some parents lie to excuse their children’s absences and text their children during class.

We must fire bad students. Private schools fire bad students and private schools are good. Private schools good, public schools bad. What happens to bad students who fail classes, curse at their teachers, do not come to class, refuse to do homework/class work and who disrupt class on a regular basis?

Perhaps bad students should be held accountable for their actions in school as requirements for driver’s licenses and work privileges, since bad parents seem to be so impotent in dealing with their own children.

Some of my students have been accepted to Yale, Stanford, Northwestern, UCLA and many other fine universities this year because they are good students; some of them have good parents and all of them had some good teachers. Congratulations to them and their families and their school.

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