No one will lis­ten

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Lan­caster School District and the Teach­ers Unions are fail­ing our chil­dren. There used to be a time when the Unions would ad­vo­cate for their teach­ers, which in turn would be ad­vo­cat­ing for their stu­dents.

Those days have long gone. It ap­pears they don’t want to ruf­fle any feath­ers and the ones who suf­fer the most are our chil­dren.

Good teach­ers are re­tir­ing early or switch­ing pro­fes­sions because the class­room is too chaotic. Leav­ing us be­hind with a lot of poor per­form­ing sub­sti­tutes or in­ad­e­quate teach­ers. As a par­ent, I can eas­ily see that our teach­ers are not em­pow­ered to teach because the rules of the class­room no longer al­low for dis­ci­pline.

My chil­dren at­tend Sun­ny­dale El­e­men­tary where there are fights con­stantly. Which is ex­tremely sad because this is an el­e­men­tary school. The con­stant mis­be­hav­ior is a dis­trac­tion to the learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment. But a teach­ers hands are tied.

I get that the class­room is chaotic these days and that is because the district did away with ad­e­quate reper­cus­sions for mis­be­hav­ior. But what are the teach­ers as a group do­ing about it? Re­tir­ing early or switch­ing pro­fes­sions. So you solved the prob­lem for your­self. Leav­ing the next gen­er­a­tion be­hind. Where are the picket lines de­mand­ing to be em­pow­ered to teach? Or is that re­served for pay scale dis­crep­an­cies? Why are you not in­volv­ing the Union? Speak up!

You rely on the par­ents in­volve­ment but that isn’t enough. If you are not shin­ing light on the is­sue no one will lis­ten to us.

Lenore Sher­man Lan­caster

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