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Support for teachers

To the Editor:

The District 300 Board of Education is spewing nonsense about its teachers, and it makes me sick. How have we gotten to such a place where those who sacrificed high-paying jobs in order to give children the gift of education become the villains thanks to their community and their board?

I find it baffling that the board has done everything in its power to hinder the education of the district’s children. One of the board members stated he wanted to run this district like a business, but I feel that they have forgotten that their business is to educate children. The teachers did not forget. They are fighting for lower class sizes because they care about the individual attention that is so vital to a good education, something which this “business” is supposed to deliver. Their passion for their students is what brought them here, to education and this strike, in the first place.

I graduated from Dundee-Crown, and it was the outstanding individual attention I received from numerous teachers that sculpted me into a better writer, thinker and person. Their care and passion paved the way for a full-ride academic scholarship and the chance to continue my graduate study at one of England’s top universities. Had my classes been larger, I could only have been one of the crowd, and perhaps I would not have succeeded as I have today.

To the school board, I say this: Stop holding your clients hostage with your lofty ideas and give them the gift of a quality education they deserve.

Madeline Witek

Algonquin

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