Writer’s nostalgia is far removed from reality
What a chuckle and a blast of nostalgia I got when reading the Nov. 16 letter, “Teacher’s assistants shouldn’t be needed.” Especially when the writer said, “When I went to school …” It so reminded me of my dad’s tales when he went to school. Hiking 20 miles in a blizzard uphill (both ways) in May to get to school, past Nazi blitzkriegs and Indian attacks. Enough nostalgia.
When the writer was in school, maybe a cup of coffee was a quarter, maybe going to the movies was 50 cents. Maybe when he was a kid the teacher was a local spinster who had no other options. But that was then; this is now. There is also a saying: “You get what you pay for.” A lot of people wish to turn teaching into another minimum-wage, dead-end job. We need to tell them no.