Las Vegas Sun

November 24, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Teachers aren’t respected in the U.S.

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Regarding Marc Tucker’s letter, “Blaming teachers for woes of students is counterproductive,” I found it very intelligently written.

We have created a society where our top students do not go into teaching for pay, discipline and respect reasons more than any others.

I was privileged to teach at high schools and universities in the U.S. for more than a decade.

I was also privileged to teach master’s degree-seeking students at a university in China for five years.

In China, teachers are well-respected by all, and teaching is among the most honorable professions as far back as Confucius, considered the grandfather of all teachers.

This was evident to me not only in how I was treated but in how so many of my very top students desired to become teachers.

There also were no discipline problems in classes due to the respect of teachers.

When teachers are treated this way in the U.S., then we will see many of our own top students enter the teaching field.

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