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Overworked teachers may be better off on dole

Letter to the Editor

After being interviewed by the school administration, the prospective teacher said:  “Let  me see if I’ve got this right. You want me to go into that room with all those kids,  correct their disruptive behaviour, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages and instill in them a love for learning.

You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self-esteem and personal pride.

You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a check book, and apply for a job.

You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behaviour, and ensure that they all pass their final exams.

You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicap and communicate regularly with their parents in English, Arabic or any other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card

You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for “New Start at CENTRELINK.”

You want me to do all this, and then you tell me……

I CAN’T wear a necklace with a little cross, mention God, or say “Merry Christmas” because someone might take offense? ”

Well, you know what you can do with your job……..

Keith Courte

Cairns

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One Texas School Arms Teachers with Startling Success

You wouldn’t know it from all the hysteria surrounding President Trump’s suggestion that states should allow some teachers to carry concealed weapons in school, but some schools in America already allow teachers to carry.

Case in point: One school district in Texas has been arming teachers for years. The school even has signs outside warning any potential shooters that the school is NOT a gun-free zone and any potential shooters will be met with force there.

According to local parents interviewed by John Stossel, they love the policy and feel safer knowing that their children are protected by well-trained, armed teachers. The Texas school district purchases the sidearms for its teachers and provides first-rate training on how to use them. Everyone loves the program — except for potential school shooters.

Texas has about 200 schools where teachers are allowed to carry a concealed weapon. Compare that with New York, where the taxpayers spend hundreds of millions of dollars to surround schools with bored police officers. Talk about being a burden on society!

Even if a school shooting were to take place, we know after the Parkland, Florida massacre that police are likely to wait around outside as a shooting takes place. A police presence is no guarantee of safety, whereas an armed teacher is likely to defend herself and her students against an active shooter!

Check out John Stossel’s report on the use of concealed weapons in Texas schools, because it is truly an eye-opener. You won’t believe the many lies, distortions and myths that the media is perpetrating about President Trump on this issue.

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