FLORIAN LAUER, St. Paul
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TEACH FOR AMERICA
Seriously, what’s the point of the program?
What problem is Teach for America attempting to solve (“Teach for America faces new obstacle,” June 20)? Shortage of motivated qualified teachers? We have no shortage of teachers. I’m sure there may be some qualified TFA teachers, but I doubt that a person who has spent four or five years studying a discipline and then at the end of that period participates in five weeks of “intensive” training in education can match the skills of a person who has spent four or five years studying a discipline directed at their topic and the science of education. TFA makes as much sense as taking art history majors who cannot find jobs and giving them five weeks of “intensive” training to make them family physicians in out state Minnesota.
JIM STRAND, Plymouth
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Democracy still intact, other problems abound
Kudos to Thomas Friedman for his rational approach to the National Security Agency leaks and the aftermath (“This surveillance keeps our society open,” June 13). Obviously, we all have perceived demons as to the biggest threat to our well-being. For some it is our government, although the last time I checked it’s still the government of, for and by the people. Certainly we must be ever vigilant that it doesn’t become simply the government of, for and by the wealthy or the military/industrial complex. I personally believe the biggest threat to humankind is the intolerance preached by many of the world’s cultures and religions toward other people. This intolerance breeds hate and violence that leads to acts such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks. I still maintain that our democratic government is the best thing we’ve got going for us.
MARK GRAY, Waseca, Minn.
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10-year-old recipient given a fair chance
The court victory for the family of Sarah Murnaghan leveled the field for their daughter (“U.S. transplant network resists lung rule changes,” June 11). They didn’t demand the next available set of lungs. They also made sure that the severity of their daughter’s illness was taken into consideration on an equal level with that of the adults awaiting donor lungs. Sarah must have been sicker than the next tissue-matched person. That is the way the system should work. Sarah didn’t snatch life from someone else; she was granted an equal chance at life.
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