In response to Mr. Wally Walters’ June 29 letter to the editor regarding the commitment of teachers, I have a couple of thoughts I think are worth considering.
Walters stated that class sizes in his era, the 1940s, often exceeded 35. Since 1940 we have developed space travel and nuclear energy, discovered the Beatles, invented the electronics, software, hardware, and internet Mr. Walters presumably used to type and send his letter, and created the salmon cannon. Surely education cannot be begrudged similar strides, like smaller class sizes, in the last 75 years.
Secondly, Walters provided evidence, based on a single teacher on a single day, that educators lack commitment. As a science teacher with around 150 students I can honestly say that it is not the size of my class or the digits on my paycheck that brought me back to school each day smiling, but my commitment to each of my 150 learners.
Please do not doubt teachers because of one poor example or our wish for improvements for the sake of our students.
George W. Reddick IV