- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)9
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Post-election taunts reported at Jackson schools (12/2/16)28
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)33
- 3 students in custody for violent threat; no details released (12/9/16)12
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Lt. Gov. Kinder weighs in on Trump's win, his future plans (12/4/16)13
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.