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10/31/2012 8:19:00 AM
Letter: Unfair characterization of school teachers


In response to the letter, "Bible inspires choice for President," I cannot let one comment go. "Our godless Public Schools gone amok with drugs, shootings and premarital sex," is an unfair and cruel remark. These writers need to spend some time in our public schools and volunteer to help out in the classroom.

I have taught and worked in public schools for over 40 years in two states and three school districts. These are not godless institutions. Public school teachers cannot teach any formal religion, but they are leading our kids by the most "moral" examples I've ever witnessed. Honesty, integrity, responsibility, team work, consequences for one's actions, critical thinking, etc. are just a few of the areas these teachers include in their daily lessons.

And the kids - the majority of these young people are simply great! Please get out there and get to know them. As far as politics go, I have found them more honest, open and engaging than many of us old codgers. Young people don't have all these preconceived, narrow-visioned ideas that many in the older generation exhibit. Young people are much less judgmental.

Another thing I've learned about young people - they can pick out a phony much quicker than adults. Those that are old enough to vote will vote for the person that they can trust.

Cindy Harms


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012
Article comment by: Lee Cali

Thank you Cindy for this affirmation of the teaching profession. I too was horrified by the Stones' letter calling the schools Godless. Well thank God, they are God-less and not promoting any one religion over another as the Stones seem to want to see. The wall of separation between church and state keeps our freedom "of" religion as well as freedom "from" religion intact, so that no one religion is dominant in the public sphere.

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Article comment by: You don't have to be religious to be a moral person.

I too, think the writer of the other article has never set foot inside a public school or it's been 1/2 century ago. I worked for COCSD and was impressed by their no tolerance for bullying attitude, and how the teachers incorporated the "honesty, integrity, responsibility, team work..." theme into everyday interactions.

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Article comment by: Tina Vigilante

Well said Cindy! Thank You for your letter!

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