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Letter: Stop blaming teachers for students’ bad behavior

Stop blaming teachers for students’ bad behavior

In defense of the teachers who spoke before the Buffalo School Board, they were designated to represent the opinions of the rank-and-file members. The relationship of the number of suspensions compared with the number of teachers employed at a school is absurd. The number of suspensions has to do with the number of students misbehaving.

A letter writer said that Buffalo teachers have the shortest workday in Western New York, not taking into account the many who arrive early every morning, as soon as the custodial staff will allow, to meet truly struggling students for extra help. He also doesn’t take into account the ones who remain until the building closes at the end of the day, or the amount of time teachers spend at home grading papers and writing lesson plans, or the obligation to attend after-hours meetings and services.

Needed immediately in every classroom are cameras that would hold students accountable for their behavior and allow their parents, the administrators and the superintendent, if needed, to see exactly what these students are doing to justify their suspensions. Then these wayward children can have their noses forced to the grindstone, as it should be, in order for them to succeed as expected.

Teachers continually put the best interests of their students first. However, any Christian knows the priority is God, family, job. With teachers, job is not the first priority as well.

The writer has no evidence to support his skewed opinion. I, however, have 23 years of experience working in a school office that enables me to affirm that if students aren’t passing or graduating, it’s not the teachers’ faults.

Marylou Altieri

Alden

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