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STRIKE WAS A HARDSHIP FOR MANY CITY PARENTS

I just finished reading the letter "Too many view school as a baby-sitting service" and felt compelled to express my opinion: How arrogant! Surely this teacher does not really believe that the first thought of working parents faced with the prospect at 7 a.m. of finding adequate care for their child for the day or taking an unplanned, often unpaid, day off will be of overcrowded classrooms or teachers' working conditions?

In the real world, and especially in the City of Buffalo, a high percentage of his students' families are working in low-paying positions with poor or no benefits. Has he no concept of what a hardship this strike placed on these already burdened parents? I don't think we can assume that the parents' concerns with providing emergency child care on such incredibly short notice is equivalent to viewing education as glorified baby-sitting.

I do not live in the city nor were my children affected by the strike, but I do empathize with my co-workers and friends' plight. I notice the writer lives in Williamsville. Perhaps he is having difficulty relating to the home situations of his students. Those in ivory towers shouldn't throw stones.

MARY SCHUMER

Hamburg

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