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Tired argument

To the Editor:

Imagine my shock when in reading “Our View” on Dec. 5, I found out the teachers in District 300 were striking because of money, not because there would be any benefit for the students. According to this newspaper’s Editorial Board, those teachers “turned their backs on their students.”

Why must teachers be different from everyone else? They chose a profession, some possibly for altruistic reasons, but a profession nonetheless, and professionals get paid what they are worth, or should. What is it worth to you to have a good education for your children?

And please don’t give me that tired argument about the quality of the teachers. When an evaluation system is found that grades how well the students, their parents and the teachers do, I’ll be the first one to endorse it. In the meantime, to have the students’ grades be the sole basis for judging a teacher is like having the presence or absence of cavities be the sole judge of a dentist.

Did the head of the teachers’ union president say something about “fighting for our children?” Yeah, so? It’s a negotiation. Did the teachers have to strike? Apparently so, because negotiations suddenly started moving when they struck.

Maybe the cost of the Northwest Herald would go down, instead of up as it recently did, if the editors decided to work for free. You know, for the honor of bringing their truth to us.

Nat Leighton

Crystal Lake


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