Oh dear Denny Wallace,
After reading your letter to the editor in the paper on Wednesday, Aug. 14, you need to see things as they actually are. As I am the mother of three successful children who have graduated through the Rockford public school system and six grandchildren currently in the Illinois public school system you need to see things as they really are!
My daughter is now teaching in the Rockford School District, a seasoned teacher of nine years. She is not alone with her dedication to her school and her students. She gets up five days a week at 4:30 a.m. and is in her classroom by 6 a.m. She also stays in her classroom until 5 to 6 p.m. each day. And when she gets home, it’s another two to three hours of correcting papers and preparing lesson plans for the next day.
As I mentioned earlier, she is not alone in her time and dedication to her students and classroom. She is confronted everyday with autistic children, children with mental and physical disabilities, as well as homeless children with no parental support. The teacher’s love for children and their desire to help them to become independent and successful citizens is their aim and goal.
Perhaps Denny, instead of spending your time writing an editorial that is so untruthful, you should spend your time volunteering in a classroom so you can see what our teachers and students are confronted with every school day. I think I attended Bloom School with you, and, believe me, it is not the same today as it was then.
— Carla Ticknor, Rockford