In response to Matthew Hollins' article on Sept. 28, I would like to know if he has ever spent a day in the shoes of a teacher? I surmise that he has not. I know by personal observation that many teachers spend countless hours doing their job, not only arriving at school an hour before students to prepare for the day, but staying late in theafternoons and carrying work home with them.
A typical school day is from 7:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., then working a couple of hours each night and making lesson plans or grading papers on the weekend! In addition to time spent with the students (which is not an easy job these days since teachers can't discipline students for fear of lawsuits and, at the least, parents coming complaining and always taking up for their child. Of course, their child can do no wrong!), there are many meetings for curriculum development, etc. and conferences.