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August 2, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Teachers put in unfair situations

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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.

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