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- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
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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.