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Teachers' Jobs Aren't Easier Than Others'

October 27, 1985

I would like to set Mr. Lowell straight on the facts. To begin with, I am not a teacher although I have numerous friends who are teachers and regret it. It is true that teachers only work 185 days a year (spent in classroom) and they do leave the school grounds early upon occasion. What Lowell didn't point out is that most teachers work seven days a week until all hours of the night correcting papers, writing objectives and planning lessons.

In the old days teachers were able to do this during class while their students quietly did their class work. Now the teacher is continually kept busy attempting to control unruly students whose parents are either too lazy or inept to instill in them proper social values. Thus, the teacher works at the school for seven hours, then returns home to work another eight.

Mr. Lowell, before you again blatantly criticize and accuse, I suggest you look at all the facts. By doing so you will find that nothing is as simple, or as cut and dried as it appears. Our educational system is in deep trouble and your letter has only helped to confuse the issue.

J. ROBERT WYNN

Bellflower

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