A Rhyme On Teacher TimeAs a teacher and teacher trainer in...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

May 23, 1993

A Rhyme On Teacher Time

As a teacher and teacher trainer in the Harford County schools, I have become quite disheartened by the apparent disregard the Board of Education has for the amount of work elementary teachers do.

One night last week, I put my work aside at 11 p.m. and wrote this poem . . . It attempts to explain my frustrations:

An Elementary Teacher's Thoughts

Oh, it's a typical school night

And all through my home,

Not a person is stirring

Except the teacher alone.

The teen-agers have settled

As is the family rule,

While their parent continues

To plan lessons for school.

The clock strikes 11,

Surely, it's time to quit!

But there is still much to do,

So, I grade school papers and sit

And think of how little

People understand what's to do.

And realizing how frustrated

Teachers are feeling, so

what's new?

Planning time has been taken

And not equally replaced.

The recent school board actions

Are a slap in the face.

Raises are being promised

this year;

The government says, "It's true!"

But class sizes are sure

to grow and grow

As the board can hire just a few.

The story repeats and repeats,

Again and again and again,

And I hope that finally one day

Education needs will be met,

but when?

Cathy Cerveny

Bel Air The beautiful Tollgate Mall has been vacant for quite a while. We are told classrooms are needed for 300 or 400 students. Children are our most precious commodity. Why can't this mall be used for classrooms? All that would be needed are desks and blackboards. . . . This surely would save many tax dollars.

If we elect intelligent people to represent us they should not have to be reminded that they cannot spend more then they have.

I know if I write a check for $2.50 more than I have in my account I am socked with a $25 charge. Our president is asking for an additional debt ceiling in excess of a quarter-trillion dollars more than he will be getting in revenue, in which money paid in for Social Security is being counted as revenue. . . .

We can add, even if our illustrious representatives cannot. We have millions of citizens out of work and our government is giving low-cost loans to American businesses to relocate south of the border. . . .

Do you read the labels on your food? We cannot even grow our own vegetables, so many of them are imported. We export banned pesticides which probably end up on vegetables grown abroad. . . .

Congress is on a wanton spending spree. If you had to live on a very tight budget with no hope of there being any Social Security left when you turn 62, your attitude would change. We also are concerned about the safety of pensions and savings. There should be a huge surplus in Social Security funds compounding interest, but Congress is spending all of it on these what-nots. And while Mr. Average American is sweating it out whether he will have a job at the end of each week, Congress has voted itself nice fat raises in the middle of the night; after three terms, they are vested for fat pensions.

I strongly recommend reading "Bankruptcy 1995" by Harry Figgie Jr. and "The Coming Economic Earthquake" by Larry Burkett. What we are seeing in Russia today will be here tomorrow.

Shirley J. Leard

Fallston

N. Harford Middle

A special thanks is offered to the parents, students and teachers of North Harford Middle School for their hard work and support during the recent magazine sales fund-raising activity.

The support given to the Parent-Teacher-Student Association was fantastic! A special thanks is extended to the cadre of parent volunteers who assisted with the campaign. A heartfelt ,, thank you is offered to the residents and business leaders of the North Harford area for their participation. The children of North Harford Middle School will benefit greatly as a result of the support provided by the North Harford community.

Gerald E. Scarborough

Pylesville

The writer is principal of North Harford Middle School.

South Africa's Violent Future

South Africa, struggling to move from apartheid to normalcy, has been racked by violence. Massacres, brutal murders and fratricidal confrontations have occurred regularly.

A few weeks ago, I heard a young South African, a member of the African National Congress (ANC), speak at Harford Community College. He was an eloquent, impassioned and well-informed speaker, brimming with hope for his nation, but frustrated by the violence that threatened this hope.

All the vast wealth and resources of South Africa have been monopolized and exploited by the minority. The army, the civil service, the major industries belong to the whites. The infamous South African police is a white force.

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