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Walk In Their (Sensible) Shoes

Regarding Quinn Cotton's "Teacher Wussdays" (Feb. 4), let's take a trip through a teacher's average day (as seen through my mother, a sixth grade math teacher). Once the government created a planning period, so a teacher could correct tests, homework, and do general planning. Now this period is used for students who don't feel like staying after for tutoring, or for meetings. After school, if a teacher doesn't have to help direct traffic, they have to stay behind for tutoring any kids; this takes until about five. Keep in mind that teachers have family also, so if you see them rushing off, perhaps it's to pick up their own kids? When they get home, they normally pop a frozen dinner to feed the family. A school day is now separated into two days, with four classes each day and 30 kids in each class. A teacher gives a short test which will take five minutes to grade. That's 10 hours right there. Add to that homework, planning a fun and interesting 90 minutes the next day, and any calls from an irate parent, that is a long workday. For my mother, her day ends at 1am. A "late night" for her is 3 or 4am. This leaves almost no time for my sister's drum lessons or nearly anything else. I usually agree with Ms. Cotton's opinions, or at worst, it helps me to reconsider my viewpoint. However, I think this is one area she might want to reconsider hers.

-- Name withheld by request, Charlotte

Quinn Got It Right

Regarding the article that Quinn Cotton wrote about Teacher "wuss"-days...I just wanted to say WAY TO GO! I love reading your publication and the articles that dare to say what everyone is thinking, yet no one will put in print. As a product of this school system and long time Charlotte resident, I have watched the entire system go down and it continues to amaze me that no one will put the blame squarely where it belongs, back on the teachers and administrators. Also, as a nurse who recently worked at the office that handles CMS worker's comp doctors visits, let me say that a disturbingly large percentage of these teachers are emotionally unstable, socially challenged and are taking way too many anti-psychotics, so when your child comes home and tells you that their teacher is crazy, they are not joking. I think these teachers are taking these "wuss"-days to go on the drug holidays required by their prescription medication providers.

-- B.A., RN, Charlotte

Go Back to Penis Columns

While I certainly can understand that Ms. Cotton might be frustrated with CMS schools, the sheer ignorance of her article is appalling. Teachers are not overpaid or under-worked, as Ms. Cotton's nasty sarcasm seems to imply. When teachers leave school at 2 they are coming home almost every day to at least four hours of grading papers and planning lessons. Thus, a teacher working 50 hours per week on a $35,000 salary earns, after taxes, only about $9 per hour. I seriously doubt that anyone, even you Ms. Cotton, would deem $9 an hour to be overpaid. I suggest that she return to writing quaint columns about penis size, or whatever it is about which she actually seem to know something. CMS teachers don't need her ignorant banter and neither do CMS parents or students.

--Christopher Wretman, Huntersville

Teachers Deserve Better

After reading Quinn Cotton's bewildering diatribe against teachers, I can only wonder: Who will be Ms. Cotton's next target? Mother Teresa?

-- Ira Chase, Charlotte

Walters' Breath of Fresh Air

David Walters' posts in the News & Views section are such a welcome breath of fresh air! Yes, like many writers, Walters is opinionated and strongly presents his viewpoint. I do not always agree with what he has to say, but I do always learn something from his words.

This is the value of a good writer -- to be thought-provoking, to challenge our current way of thinking. Walters brings experience and knowledge, from our country and abroad. He shares with us a certain perspective, but so can we formulate our own.

-- Lisa McCarthy, Charlotte

Another List

Re: List issue's "Why SC drivers shouldn't be allowed to drive in Charlotte" list (Feb. 11):

John Grooms, you left out the number one reason. They have no clue what a turn signal is, just like us Charlotteans.

Top 10 reasons Charlotte drivers don't give turn signals.

10. Takes too much energy to push the lever.

9. You have to concentrate (think) too hard.

8. Difficult to give turn signal with cell phone in one hand and cup of coffee in the other.

7. They don't install turn signals on Volvos, Saabs, Lexuses and Mercedes.

6. You moved to Charlotte from South Carolina.

5. Don't want people behind you to know where you're going.

4. The larger the SUV, the drivers think they are in the Rockies like the commercials, away from civilization.

3. No one has ever been given a ticket for failure to give turn signal (code GS 20 -125 in the police handbook).

2. Drivers think that since police officers don't give signals, they're immune.

1. Inconsiderate drivers. (Just don't give a fuck about other people; especially the lowly pedestrian.

-- Bill Herrington, Charlotte

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