Student should learn that throwing tantrum is no honorable...

Letters to the Editor

February 19, 1999

Student should learn that throwing tantrum is no honorable act . . .

I had to comment on the article about the Anne Arundel County student who was denied a National Honor Society membership and now admits to harassing his teacher ("Student barks, teacher frets," Feb 13).

I can't believe that the principal feels he cannot take action against this student without adult witnesses. If the teacher had been accused by the student of harassment, I'm quite sure that she would now be on administrative leave pending an investigation.

The lesson that Chesapeake High School Principal Harry Calender is teaching this student is basically that it's OK to harass someone if the person does something you don't like.

Why not teach this high school senior a real lesson and discipline him for his harassing behavior?

Temper tantrums aren't tolerated in the real world. It's time for Franklin Pierce Wright III to grow up.

Jennifer Rushing, Bel Air

. . . but teacher is to blame for denying student honor

When one first reads the article "Student barks, teacher frets," he or she must feel empathy for yet another teacher victimized by out-of-control kids.

Yet after reading the article further, I began to feel that it was the student, Franklin Pierce Wright III, not the instructor, who is the victim. Gaining entrance into the prestigious National Honor Society is not just about a certificate to hang on the wall; it can make or break one's chances of gaining acceptance to highly competitive schools.

What comes through in this article is that a very intelligent student did the unthinkable -- dare to question an instructor's teaching methods, and the teacher became offended.

If ever there was a clearer case of a teacher making a concerted effort to keep a student down for purely personal reasons, I'd like to hear about it.

Kay Sokoloff does not deserve to be continually harassed, but it is obvious that Mr. Wright was denied a place in the NHS because a teacher could not handle a little criticism, not because the student lacked ability.

Michael Parsons, Crofton

Was `Saint Joan' right or wrong?

I believe it to be an absolute impossibility that state Sen. Joan Carter Conway violated any laws that would cause her to be handcuffed and arrested ("Police investigate Conway's arrest at scene of accident," Feb. 11).

I was not present on Monument Street on the evening when this alleged incident occurred, but those of us in northeast Baltimore know Ms. Conway to be nothing but a godsend and an avid supporter of her constituents, regardless of color.

In fact, her nickname in my community is Saint Joan, for all the times she has come to our aid and rescue, both as a city council member and as state senator.

I believe the city police should drop this matter immediately and concentrate on real crime.

Jeff Sattler, Baltimore

The writer is president of the Lauraville Improvement Association.

For Sen. Joan Carter Conway to feel that she was treated unfairly by the city Police Department is hogwash. Disobeying a lawful order from a police officer is cause for arrest.

Ms Conway must realize that an officer has a difficult job as it is, and it is not her job to tell the police how to do theirs. Further, by hindering the paramedics' ability to treat the child's injuries, she and the other civilians at the scene put the child in further jeopardy.

For Ms. Conway to flaunt her political position as senator is uncalled for. Furthermore, for senators to applaud her action is proof that the politically elite somehow consider themselves above the law.

I say kudos to the officer who, despite being put into a difficult position chose to do the right thing.

Ms. Conway is not the victim; she needs to accept responsibility for an action she brought upon herself and quit whining that it's unfair for the police to arrest her.

For Ms. Conway and others to scream that "This wouldn't occur in Guilford or Homeland" is further arrogance by her and other lawmakers.

Paul J. Marshner Jr., Baltimore

Glendening's education bill can ease school problems

Your article ("School hiring yields novices," Feb. 4) about the shortage of certified teachers in the Baltimore City Public School system was an insightful look at one of the serious problems currently confronting the school board and the members of the Baltimore City delegation to the General Assembly.

I support the efforts proposed by the Glendening administration to reduce class size, hire more qualified teachers and reduce the number of noncertified teachers in Maryland schools. The problems outlined in the article by reporter Liz Bowie, particularly the fact that 60 percent of the new teachers hired in Baltimore City are not fully certified, underscores why we need to pass this legislation this year.

My colleagues in the Baltimore City delegation and I recognize that many serious challenges still face our public school system.

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