February 13, 2012
Editor: After reading the article in the Jan. 26 Times about the teachers’ demonstration at the malls, I felt compelled to respond.
I’m “just a mom.” I have two boys attending a small elementary school in Walnut Grove. They are in Grades 1 and 3. Because I don’t formally work at a full-time job, I am fortunate to be able to spend a lot of time at the school — mostly in the Grade 3 class. I have the opportunity to see firsthand what takes place on a daily basis in both the childrens’ educational lives as well as the teachers’ daily routines.
I have been in awe since the start of the school year at the workload and schedules the teacher has to maintain. I volunteer my time in the class to do a small part in helping with any “extras” the teacher or class needs.
Without knowing too much about the political side of the current strike, I am completely aware of what the teachers do on a day-to-day basis. In our Grade 3 class, there are 18 children, a number of whom have some form of obvious educational special needs.
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