Readers Write (Nov. 13): Black Friday, Minneapolis schools, sex abuse, Minnesota Orchestra

  • Updated: November 12, 2013 - 6:26 PM

Retailers will be open sooner on Thanksgiving because shoppers will show up.

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BLACK FRIDAY

Because we’ll show up, retailers extend hours

So Target and Best Buy are opening earlier than last year on Thanksgiving Day (“Black Friday creeping into Thanksgiving dinnertime,” Nov. 12). Why don’t we just cancel Thanksgiving altogether? That would guarantee consumers a dependable extra Christmas shopping day not subject to the whims of the calendar. Instead of a big spread with family and friends, just make yourself a turkey sandwich of mystery meat from the deli to eat in line waiting for the store to open.

Everyone who whines about the disappearance of Thanksgiving Day, ask yourself this question: Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, et al., are in business to make a profit, correct? If customers didn’t show up to snare bargains on Thanksgiving, they wouldn’t open. If a policy isn’t profitable, a smart business does not continue to do it.

CATHY BULLARD, Apple Valley

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Modern-day Thanksgiving scenario: “And dear Lord, thank you on this special day that our family can all get together in this fine department store, where all men’s winter jackets are 60 percent off, today only, and select 50-inch TVs are on sale for the incredibly low price of just $399, subject to availability …”

Willis Woyke, Columbia Heights

Minneapolis schools

Doubling up teachers won’t solve the problem

So the Minneapolis schools think that providing two teachers in failing classrooms will be the solution to raising the achievement of students (“Mpls. to double down on grade gap,” Nov. 12)? The problem is, they apparently don’t know the research relevant to educational achievement.

If student achievement is subpar, the key is changing the teaching methodology, not providing more of the same failed education. If the current teachers are capable of increasing student achievement, they should be provided the support to do so. If the support is there and the teachers are still failing, they should be replaced by teachers who utilize effective methodology.

Good teaching is not a secret process. It is, however, hard work that requires proper support. Doubling the number of teachers will only double the cost of failure.

SID RICHISON, Chanhassen

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Let me get this right: The Minneapolis School District may assign a second teacher to do essentially the same things one has been doing and expect different results? Might the system itself be the problem, not the teachers or the students? Why not look to the handful of schools that beat the odds on this gap and do more of what they are doing?

CURT JOHNSON, Edina

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