Letters to the Editor 4/15

April 13, 2001

Letters to the Editor 4/15 Part 3

Veteran educator explains why she wants her daughter to be a teacher

To the editor:

No, these experiences and outlook are not typical.

I am another "veteran educator" and I am encouraging my daughter to enter the teaching profession. I encourage her because I know she'll be as happy as I am working with children. They are the hope of our future. Everyone should know this. If only everyone cherished the opportunity to work with and for children, our world would be a better place.

Public education is the avenue to improve our country--education for all people regardless of color or income. Public educators must believe this and work for the children we are hired to teach. We cannot assume to know who we will reach or "touch" as the saying goes. Each of us must try to reach everyone.

I know it is difficult to be equally patient with some students, but I think this is my challenge. I try to be open minded and expect the best from all of my students. If I am not reaching a student, I try to find a new way to tap in to his or her interests. This is my job.


My hopes are that my students will learn to respect all people. These golden rules are applied in my classroom, "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" and "if you have nothing nice to say about others, keep it to yourself."

Of course, there are problems that arise daily because we are continually learning and growing. We must learn to deal with these problems. We must talk them out. When we meet resistance we must use the support personnel that are available and, hopefully, there will be other educators to assist us.

We must continually strive to be the best examples of human beings that we can. We must teach our students to minimize our human weaknesses and maximize our strengths. If we learn to value our differences and use them, then we can become a better society.

A teacher must find ways to help students learn to control their behavior in order to learn. We must arrange the learning environment to enhance our lesson. Students who disrupt usually need attention. Some need counseling and others need loving parents who care enough to establish limits, etc.

I am not afraid to contact parents or staff to help with a student. I have always had support from principals, counselors, behavior specialists, etc. Communication is the key. There has never been an instance of retaliation that I'm aware of. I am not afraid to "speak up." If I know I have done everything possible for a child, I have no cause to be afraid.

I could go on. I just wanted you to know that I am an educator who loves kids. With education, our students will continue to improve our world.

I am grateful to learn and work with them, and I'm not the only one. There are so many dedicated teachers who work day in and day out because they love kids. They are not doing this for the money or for the notoriety. Teachers teach for the kids.

Cathy Grantham


Can't the newspaper cover youth hockey?

To the editor:

We have waited and waited. We have sent letters and e-mails. We have hand delivered letters and scores. We have made numerous phone calls. Yet we still cannot get coverage for the Hagerstown Youth Hockey Association in The Herald-Mail sports section.

The past two weekends the Hagerstown Kiwanis, the Hagerstown Ice and Sports Complex and the Hockey Association have sponsored tournaments at the rink. Teams from Pittsburgh, Wheeling, State College (Pa.) and many Maryland-based teams participated. Dozens of families stayed in local hotels, ate at local restaurants, patronized stores and visited historic sites. Without a doubt a successful event, with a positive impact on Washington County.

Amazingly, except for Lawrence Clopper's wonderful sidebar, there was not one word or picture in the sports section about the tournaments.

Now, we don't want this to sound like sour grapes. We are always delighted when youth sports take center stage on your sports page. Yet, we can't help but wonder what magic the junior basketball league and football league have that we do not? We would be happy with half the coverage that they receive (and that they justly deserve).

The frustrating part is, that your paper has never missed a negative story concerning the rink. Whether it's financial troubles, patron squabbles, or administrative problems you are "Johnny-on-the-spot." Though when something as positive as this tournament rolls around, The Herald-Mail is nowhere to be found.

So the questions remain (as they have for the past five years: 1) How can we get a fair share of the sports coverage in The Herald-Mail? 2) Why won't you publish our schedule of games? 3) Why do you ignore our press releases?

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