Readers Write: (Aug. 23): Teacher quality, Georgia school hero, global turmoil, Marketplace Fairness Act

  • Updated: August 22, 2013 - 6:40 PM

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There you go again with the generalizations

I take issue with Gary Davison’s Aug. 22 commentary (“Teacher quality should be made Job One”), in particular the text the Star Tribune chose to highlight: “There are many Minneapolis teachers who are not adequate to the task at hand, and there are few truly excellent teachers.”

Insert different groups and see how it sounds: There are many surgeons who are not adequate to the task at hand, and there are few truly excellent surgeons.

Now try: U.S. military personnel, or people of color.

Sweeping generalizations are meaningless and serve no purpose but to inflame and divide. Stop it!

I spend much of my year working with Minneapolis students and teachers, and I will occasionally meet a teacher who may not be up to the task, but every classroom in Minneapolis that I go into is overcrowded and underfunded, and every school is understaffed.

Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson’s task, to eliminate the achievement gap, will be impossible to accomplish so long as we do not acknowledge the real issues: poverty, devaluation of education, decline of personal and family responsibility, and the disintegration of our social contract.

Here’s a thought: Children should not be allowed to attend school until they are prepared to learn. “There are many _____ who are not adequate to the task at hand, and there are few truly excellent _____.”


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Antoinette Tuff, you are a brave, true hero

I still have goose bumps as I type this out regarding the extraordinary efforts of school bookkeeper Antionette Tuff in talking potential shooter Michael Brandon Hill out of doing what he was planning to do (“Gunman at Georgia school had 500 rounds, police say,” Aug. 22) and bringing him to his senses in her calm, methodical and so real demeanor. She should somehow be rewarded a million dollars (at least) and hugged 50 times a day for the rest of her life. Ms. Tuff: You are tough, and will be admired for what you did for the rest of your life. Your husband of 33 years has no idea of what he left. My greatest respect to you.


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