Letters to the Editor

Put resources into teachers

A coal shovel and a piece of chalk, that’s what Abraham Lincoln often used, and he became the 16th president of the United States in the 19th century.

What makes some people think that spending millions of taxpayer dollars for a Chromebook is a better way for learning then a notebook, pencil and a real book with a real teacher? Since the 21st century began, our public school districts have committed more education dollars to Silicon Valley than for the only tool that really works: teachers.

We are 15 years into the 21st century and after all the millions spent on Silicon Valley’s so-called tools for education, there has not been any real improvement in the quality of education. Again, do we keep financing Silicon Valley, or do we do the right thing and hire more teachers and let them teach? I have to wonder who is really running our public schools.

I had a good friend who was a great English teacher,. One day I found him in the local drug store in the comic book section. Well, I just had to ask why he was in this section of the store. He said, “You know, Jim, my job is to teach English, reading and writing, and if it takes a comic to teach a child to read, then that’s what I’m going to do. And you know, Jim, it works.”

Why are the public schools financing Silicon Valley and Bill Gates? We need real teachers. That’s what works.

James E. Saffel Sr.