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Build strong children

To the Editor:

Frederick Douglas said, “It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.” Then why do Americans spend on average $10,500 a year to educate a child and $47,000 a year to keep a man in prison.

If we were truly the greatest country on Earth, we would spend $47,000 a year educating a child so he/she doesn’t end up in prison.

Teachers are made out to be bad people demanding more money. They are accused of working only nine months a year.

People think teachers work short hours, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., for example. However, teachers more often than not go to school early and stay late. They have to take work home. The average teacher makes only $40,000 per year. They also have to buy supplies for their classrooms.

When was the last time a professional football player was criticized for only working seven months a year? Do they have to buy their own uniforms? I don’t think so. And the average professional football player in the NFL makes nearly $2 million. Are they responsible for the future of this country?

The United States never will be the greatest nation on Earth unless we start respecting teachers for the hard work they do, paying them a fair salary, and working to “build strong children” instead of trying to “repair broken men.”

Chris Davis

Crystal Lake


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