To the editor:
Does the author of “Make education systems remarkable” realize educators are required to receive continuing education training throughout their career? This may be earned through in-house training, RESA classes or post-graduate work.
With the exception of in-house training, this education is personally paid for by the teacher.
Many choose the route of post-graduate programs because if continued training is required to maintain a license to teach, why not receive an advanced degree? To imply teachers shouldn’t receive a pay upgrade for this indicates how little the author understands, or wants the community to understand, an educational career.
While a degree doesn’t “necessarily make that person a better, more qualified teacher” most who receive an advanced degree are just the type of teacher any parent would want for their child. If they aren’t qualified, there are checks and balances in place to help that person get “better” or “seek employment elsewhere.”
Is the author suggesting entry level pay be continued throughout the teacher’s career? If so, I would have retired making $556/month after 33 years teaching, not including materials purchased for the classroom with personal funds and the cost of my advanced degrees. The majority of the budget is paid in salaries to entice the best of the best to stay in the classroom. If budgets were adjusted for lower salaries, it would be safe to predict our schools would lose highly qualified, dedicated people; if these educators moved into other careers, our children might have grand class materials, marvelous technology and brand-spanking new textbooks but no one to help them learn how to learn. Not just anyone can be an educator. I do not disagree with the editorial in its entirety. However, to throw teachers under the bus and then write, “Appropriately educating our children is arguably one of the most critical components to growing our economy” is contradictory.
Talk to a teacher. Visit a classroom. See what a determined, highly-qualified educator can accomplish with limited funds, limited time and sadly, limited parental support.
Wake up while we still have chance
To the editor:
From the time Barack Hussein Obama lied under oath and perjured himself being sworn in to the Illinois legislature when asked if he ever used any other name, the man has continued one lie after another for the result he wants, the destruction of our country and a socialist nation. This man should be in jail, not lavishing in a lifestyle of the rich and famous.
When will enough people wake out of their induced views that he is trying to help the nation, not destroy it. Everything he does is perpetuated with lies and pure evil toward the country that gave them everything.
What the government is doing with so many destructive regulations can only have one ending and it is the total loss of freedom. It literally turns my stomach to think of the men and women who have given their lives and limbs to be manipulated by such an evil person.
Wake up while we may still have a chance to save our nation from the likes of the elitists and traitors in Washington!
Clarence “CD” Decker
More people need to use pools
To the editor:
Today, on Friday, my grandchildren and I were swimming at the Ruby C. Fulbright Aquatic Center. We were in the pool at 11:45 a.m. but were told to leave the therapeutic pool at noon because it was reserved for the older adults.
A total of three adults showed up. No more than 12 people used the cooler lap pool while we were there.
When I swam on another weekday, there were no more people using the facility.
The cost to use the pool is $4. At the Gainesville YMCA, the cost is $10 to use the pool.
It is hard for me to understand why so few people make use of this wonderful gift to our county. When the commissioners threatened to close the pool earlier this year, there was a loud outcry.
It is not hard to predict that next year, the pool will not be saved.
Tag office employee rude
To the editor:
I am writing about the “professionalism” of the elected tax commissioner and one of her employees. My first experience with the personnel at the tag office is something I will never forget.
On July 18, I went in to apply for a new tag and title transfer. I took my son, 23 months, with me because I had no one to watch him. A child that small is very active and curious. While in the tag office, my child wanted to wander around like any other child his age would want to do. I was told I needed to see a tax assessor then return back.
Upon my return, one truly bitter elderly lady was rude to me as soon as I walked up to her. My child again started to get antsy. As I was about to excuse myself to settle him, she started to tell me in a very loud voice that I “need to grab my child who has been misbehaving and running all over the place.” I was very shocked that someone in customer service would speak to a customer in that manner and tone. When I asked her to give me my application because she was out of line, she refused and said everyone else was too busy to help me. After she finished, I asked to speak to whoever was in charge. She mentioned it was June Black, and said I could speak to her right then if I wanted to. But her tone led me to believe nothing was to come of my complaint.
When I spoke to June Black I honestly feel it went in one ear and out the other. She said she could “see” her employee’s side of this situation. Granted, my 23-month-old child was not behaving perfectly, however, the employee had no right to speak to me the way she did in front of a lobby full of people.
Take time to visit art museum
To the editor:
There is a jewel right here in Habersham County, right here! To be more exact the jewel is in downtown Demorest.
If you are a long-time resident of Habersham or a transplant from somewhere else and you have not visited the Piedmont College Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art, you are in for a delightful art experience.
Last week on my way to the grocery store, I decided I had a little extra time and I had wanted to visit the museum since it opened more than a year ago. To my surprise the paintings of Dale Kennington were like a collection of short stories where I could be the author; the paintings were of everyday people doing everyday activities and I could imagine myself being in the painting just outside the viewer’s sight. I could feel the cool creek water and smooth rocks under my feet while watching the kids wading, playing and talking. Dale Kennington’s paintings are large life size, that call out to the viewer, ‘look at me, what do I mean to you, what do you think of me?’ They are a feast for the eyes.
So if you get a chance, do something for yourself, take time to smell the roses and visit the Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art in downtown Demorest. It’s free.
Terri L. Benfield
Turn us loose
To the editor:
Does anyone realize the United States of America is the only country in the whole wide world where males have to wear pants to go swimming?
Females can be bare for up to 6-inches below their belly buttons, but males have to be covered from their waist to their knees. It’s not fair.
Have you ever tried to swim laps at the YMCA pool with all this wet cloth hanging all over you?
It’s very nearly impossible. If not impossible, by the time you’re halfway around, you are exhausted from dragging all this extraneous weight around.
Have you seen the summer ads for all the department stores?
Here’s kids from teeny-boppers all the way up to teenagers. The females are wearing skimpy little bikinis, but the males are all wearing these long-legged shorts all the way down to their knees.
They, at least, could let us wear short-shorts for swimming like the short-shorts the females use for day wear.
You talk about discrimination. Ye gods. The Puritans all died 300 years ago. Turn us loose.