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6/9/69 - Editor, The News: 1 am writing in regard to the...
Editor, The News: 1 am writing in regard to the recent "professional seminar" the teachers of New Castle were involved in. It seems that the majority of the people of New Castle are extremely, and in my opinion, unnecessarily critical of the teachers involved. I wish to express an opinion rarely heard. Our teachers spend thousands of dollars and hours going to college to prepare themselves for this profession. Why should they not get something out of it besides personal satisfaction? We expect to have our teachers act as professional people, calling it Student supports teachers here in seeking higher scale of pay illegal to strike, etc. and yet we refuse to pay them accordingly. The argument about their "3 month vacation", to me, is practically ridiculous. Many hours go into a teachers' week than those spent in the classroom. There are papers and tests to correct, lesson plans to be made out, meetings to attend. Every teacher puts in extra time giving help to a slow learner, having interviews with students' parents. Yes, all this and much more. Most teachers are so involved with their classes that they do many things for them in out -of -of -school -school hours. Teaching used to be a woman's profession. But now the number of men in the teaching field is higher then it has ever been before. Men with families to support and who must now have another source of income in order to make ends meet. Most people would not make these sacrifices of many hours with Little pay. New Castle citizens must realize this and that our city will not attract high-quality high-quality high-quality teachers with the low salary of $6,200 a year. Our educational system will surely suffer. That is, unless we make up our minds to offer some incentives that will make teachers want to teach in New Castle. One Df which, being the increased salary. Another gripe heard quite often is the six days the students will have to make up, Undoubtedly, this will cause some peoples' plans (vacations, etc) to he upset. But it is something that cannot be avoided. I am a 8th grade student at Benjamin Franklin Junior High School and I am fully aware of the discomfort this will cause for me, also. But I will make up these days, willingly and uncomplaining, because I believe that Ihey were lost for a cause. A cause that I hope will soon show some results. Dianne C, Bistyga Newcastle

Clipped from New Castle News09 Jun 1969, MonPage 4

New Castle News (New Castle, Pennsylvania)09 Jun 1969, MonPage 4
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