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- Former coroner convicted of felony theft now faces prison in misdemeanor case (5/23/17)2
- Cape police say man assaulted, kidnapped girlfriend (5/21/17)2
- Woman may lose foot after being hit by moped (5/24/17)
- Mississippi County sheriff fights efforts in court to remove him from office (5/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Woman, sister-in-law buy Perryville custom-wear shop (5/22/17)
- Cape man accused of shooting a woman in Jackson (5/21/17)
- Police apprehend Charleston man they say hit Cape woman with car (5/24/17)
- Illinois Trail of Tears site where Cherokee buried named to National Historic Register (5/24/17)
- Broadening horizons: Heartland Dream Team founder stays committed to area youth (5/21/17)2
One teacher used to do it all
To the editor:
My mother-in-law, who is 91 years old, attended school at a one-room schoolhouse for the first eight years of her schooling. She later went on to earn her master's degree and experienced no problems in doing so. There were, she has told me, a minimum of 60 students in this one-room school throughout the eight-year period. There was only one teacher and an itinerant superintendent of schools who made the rounds of all the schools in the district. She is proficient in reading, writing and math. She is a good speller and capable of composing a grammatically correct sentence and paragraph.
Why is it that we now need a gaggle of specialists -- remedial teachers, special education teachers, coaching teachers, counselors, nurses, resource officers -- and a covey of overpaid administrative personnel who can't seem to accomplish what one lonely, underpaid teacher could accomplish in an overcrowded classroom of yesteryear. Have we lost our senses?
AL ZIMMER, Patton, Mo.