Dump it on schools

The president has decided that the safety and defense of public schools should become the responsibility of gun-carrying teachers. No reference was made to the kinds of guns involved. The shooter would likely step into a classroom with an assault rifle and, while the teacher was frantically trying to retrieve a handgun from the security of a locked space, the shooter would first aim for the teacher, a potentially deadly threat to the shooter, then turn the multi-round firearm on helpless students. Of course, not all teachers would be armed, but because the shooter wouldn’t know which ones were, the teacher in any classroom would become the primary target.

Increasing the workload on those who operate public schools is nothing new. Through the years, when some need arises, the decision is often to relegate the task to school employees. One example: the feeding of children, even during holidays and in the summer. This is a program that could be delegated in many communities to various resources, but it is given to the school. Some parents expect the school to be the disciplinarian of their children, then get upset at the results.

The responsibility to teach or train students in some areas has been added to the public school load with little or no funding. Schools are accredited by the results of standardized tests to which some teachers teach, and for which many teachers provide extra hours of tutoring besides in-class teaching for no personal monetary gain. When our state legislators meet to determine budgetary expenditures, the last item usually considered (after other allocations have exhausted anticipated revenues) is school support and teacher salaries. They then allocate the dregs to the schools and teachers. Schools are criticized for their failures, but many highly qualified teaching prospects look elsewhere for employment because they cannot afford to teach at the salary offered them. Many devoted teachers can teach only because their spouse is also bringing home a paycheck or by working another job on the side or over the summer.

So, sure, let the schools and teachers do it. That’s been the answer before. So let this be the solution again.

J.R. Chapman, Hubbard

EDITOR’S NOTE: J.R. Chapman retired in 1988 after 36 years in Texas public schools as a teacher and principal.

Pathetic response

Only recently have I been disappointed with the state highway department. After calling for the pickup of a deceased dog on State Highway 6, I saw that the official response was to push the dog’s carcass off the side of road. That dog is still there rotting away! I see it every day.

In the past the animals I call on have been taken care of. Please do not continue this action in the future. I believe all deceased animals should be removed from the highway.

D. Johnson, Speegleville