Parents, teachers must work togetherI feel that there is a...

LETTERS

December 02, 1997

Parents, teachers must work together

I feel that there is a discipline problem not only at Northern High School but at many of the other schools as well.

My son attends Montebello Elementary School. I visited his school one day just to check up on him, to see his progress. One of his teachers reported that there had been some improvement in his behavior, but the other two teachers told me that my son was a behavior problem constantly.

I have been checking on my son at least twice a month since September, but I have yet to receive a telephone call from the two teachers who complained about him.

How am I supposed to effectively correct the behavior of my child if I can't get any help from his teachers? I can only do so much as a parent if the teacher is not willing to take part.

Northern's principal, Alice Morgan Brown, did what she had to do to get her point across.

She sent a message: Follow my directions or suffer the consequences. It would have been the same situation if those students had walked off their jobs. They not only would have been suspended, they would have been terminated.

A. Manuel

Baltimore

Action needed on disciplinary code

Northern High School's problems were the ones which made the headlines. But there are too many pockets of similar problems in other elementary, middle and high schools.

The troubling case with Northern is that the situation might have been prevented had the new school board implemented a system-wide discipline code prior to the opening of schools this year.

The Baltimore Teachers Union submitted a completed discipline code to the old board in May of 1996. The BTU worked with the new board to revise and complete the code before school opened. We begged the school board to start the school year in September with the full implementation for everyone -- students, parents, teachers, administrators and community.

But the new board did not believe the need for the code was as important as the teachers believed it to be. It dragged its feet.

Teachers and parents consistently identify disorderly classes and schools as their No. 1 concern. They have said over and over again that there must be safe and orderly classrooms and schools if real teaching and learning are to take place.

Marcia P. Brown

Baltimore

'Climatic' data may not be 'climactic'

The Nov. 25 article, "In El Nino's wake," was very interesting and informative.

However, I'm not sure I would be interested in the "climactic data" . . . "gathered from instruments handled by volunteers on commercial ships, and installed at shore stations across the Pacific."

The data on currents, sunlight, atmospheric pressure, water temperature, etc., is the "climatic" data.

Joan Quigley

Parkville

Just call Paterakis a baker

Just once I'd like to see John Paterakis described as something other than "the baking mogul" in The Sun. This is a distasteful description that connotes ruthless tycoons who exploit the poor.

Walk through any H&S Bakery, and you'll see every race, nationality, gender and new immigrants. Mr. Paterakis was an equal opportunity employer before the phrase was invented.

The Paterakis family has given money openly and anonymously to museums, churches and charities. He gives much of his time to helping the less fortunate. I'd describe him as ''the philanthropist baker.'' I'm sure he'd refer to himself as just a baker.

Nicholas Glyphis

Baltimore In a recent KAL cartoon, dealing with the sinkhole at Franklin St. and Park Ave., the Department of Public Works is represented by a bulldozer filling the hole with "excuses." Needless to say, Public Works Director George Balog, I and many others were confused by the meaning.

I asked various reporters covering the story if we at DPW have made "excuses." All said that we have not.

It is our goal at DPW to provide quality service as efficiently as possible. Our normal work continued even as we repaired the damage at the sinkhole.

We initiated a new program, Sanitation Enforcement, to further our efforts to make Baltimore the cleanest city in the country.

High quality water still flows to 1.6 million people, trash still gets collected, streets still get repaired and water lines get renewed or replaced.

We would have only one excuse if we were so inclined: We do not have time for excuses.

We do not know the cause of the explosion at this time. If we discover it we will work with all appropriate parties, public and private, to prevent a recurrence.

Meanwhile our crews, working together day and night with BGE, Trigen and others, restoredthe utilities and the intersection.

No excuses, just a lot of hard work.

Kurt L. Kocher

Baltimore

The writer is chief of information services for the Baltimore Department of Public Works.

Pub Date: 12/02/97

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