Teachers have a new contract

what about students and parents?

November 18, 2010

Now that the teachers have ratified their union contract that implements pay for performance ("City teachers OK landmark pact," Nov. 18), what about the other two parties to the educational contract, the students and the parents? Where is the contract that would implement some form of punishment on the students that do not perform? Where is the contract that would penalize the parents if their darling sons and daughters do not do the assigned homework, disrupt classrooms, skip school, and do not put forth 110 percent effort to be educated?

Asking our educators to be the only responsible party for the education of students that do not want to learn and parents that do not want to participate is insane. Therefore, I suspect the good teachers that experience the frustration with the students and parents that do not hold up their end of the three-party-contract will leave the teaching field to seek a fairer opportunity to make a living.

Ron Wirsing, Havre de Grace

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