Lawrence Sober: Education cuts should start with things we don't need

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To the editor:

We are now hearing more and more about how we as a nation are falling behind in education. Statements made by Bill Gates indicated he has had to go to India to find qualified engineers because of the advancements in education there.

Here, we hear more about budget cuts to help public education survive.

The first to be considered is athletic programs. Athletic programs teach our young people important life skills like teamwork, how to inneract with other people, the importance of diversity in our nation, and it allows them to meet people outside of their own community.

These young people also need basic skills to survive in this global economy.

They do not need to be exposed to gay right’s education, socialism, and English as a second language. These areas are where cuts should be made. Alternative education is a waste of taxpayer money and it does not help these young people survive in a world that is getting more and more complex all of the time.

Educators should not have to deal with behavioral and disciplinary problems.

Another area where schools can save a lot of money is if they change some of their policies, like allowing school district employees to accrue vacation time.

My sister-in-law retired from the Denver Public Schools with nearly two years of accrued vacation time. Most of us lose our vacation time if we do not take it every year.

This idea of tenure is going to make it harder for educators to do their jobs. The policy makers are the ones who should be held accountable.

The people who make these policies are what is hurting our education system.

Lawrence L. Sober

Comments

bluestflameco 4 years, 7 months ago

I appreciate most of what you said. Two things, though.... Did you know the average teacher spends $750-$800 of his/her own money on items for students EACH YEAR. (I spent $1247.65 last year; tax benefits stop at $250 if you don't keep meticulous records.) I rarely hear of any other career that requires/expects that. Second, why do you care when we take our vacation time? Either way, we (taxpayers) pay. If she takes it in one fell swoop, she'll more than likely have a replacement with some clue as to how to do the job. If she takes it for a week every so often, there's no replacement. She'll probably have to work evenings and weekends when she returns just to catch up, or the jobs accumulated don't get done properly or at all. It is what it is.

P.S. I'd hate to have a brother-in-law who complained publicly about something that I earned. Sheesh.

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CharminChatty 4 years, 7 months ago

Lawrence Sober, your following comment leaves me with a question: "My sister-in-law retired from the Denver Public Schools with nearly two years of accrued vacation time. Most of us lose our vacation time if we do not take it every year."

I am curious about how your sister-in-law managed to not take her vacation time each year as a teacher for DPS. When the kids go home for Winter Break or Spring Break or a 2 1/2-month Summer Break, how does the teacher continue to teach, and to avoid taking vacation, with all the kids gone? What are you talking about, anyway?

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Really 4 years, 7 months ago

She must have been a secretary or bookkeeper or something. Teachers here DO NOT get "vacation time". And even if they did, they wouldn't get paid for it if they didn't use it. Unused sick days in MCSD can accumulate to 120 days, but I know people who retired with 120 sick days and lost them.

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