Monday, March 18, 2013 | 2:01 a.m.
Regarding the letter to the editor, “Stop complaining, start teaching”:
I don’t know where Kathi Mentlik went to school when she says that anyone over 40 knows that elementary schools had more than 30 students in a class. I’m 73 and I went to 12 different schools in four different countries and never had 30 students in any class I attended.
I had great teachers. All but one of the schools in a foreign country were military-dependent schools.
Teachers wanted the experience of teaching overseas so they had an opportunity for travel, and the government had its pick of top applicants.
The biggest change since I went to school is less discipline at home to teach kids boundaries and good behavior. You put 30 of today’s kids into a classroom and you get pandemonium where no teacher can do their best.
I saw the start of this 40 years ago when my children were in grade school, and I volunteered to assist at school.
Our school had the largest number of children from single-parent homes in our school district.
Divorce and single parenthood have been big factors in the way children are brought up, and this is seldom mentioned as a cause of today’s school problems. I blame parents and the way they live their lives for the mess the schools are in. Don’t blame the teachers.