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Teachers can't be held liable for unruly students


Date published: 10/29/2012

As an educator at Brooke Point High School, I want to enlighten you regarding the excellent instruction that is received by our students.

Teachers provide instruction in the content area that they are contracted to teach. Along the way, they do their best to model the behavior that they wish to see in their students. However, most high school students are at least 13 or 14 by the time they first pass through the high school doorway. The first 13 years are spent other places including the home.

Why do the editors of the local newspaper want to task high school teachers to remediate students in "respect 101" ["Bus 240: The law won," Oct. 17]? Do they believe that it is up to the faculty members of a high school to correct values in students when those said students come from a variety of cultures, backgrounds, and homes?

I am the mother of three children and the grandmother of five, and believe me when I say that all of my children were taught values within our home--I did not want nor expect anyone else to teach those ethical mores to my children. I hoped that within the confines of the school building, morals and values would be modeled by teachers and administrators alike, but I also hoped that bus drivers, cafeteria workers, parent volunteers, and even friends would be living by those same standards, thereby reinforcing what was taught within the home.

I am disturbed that a local paper wants to place the burden on high school teachers to remedy the social ills of our community. Myriad influences impact young people's lives. Mass media abound with both positive and negative effects. Neither parents nor educators have much control over the lasting impressions of these powerful tools.

I would close with an old saying, "move to town and take the paper," but I am afraid that in this instance, that may do more harm than good.

Debbie Tyson

Stafford