Your View: Guest Column - What are teachers complaining about?

Sep. 04, 2013 @ 07:14 PM

BY FLOYD EVANS

While reading the recent Enterprise article “Still fighting,” I became real confused. Teachers were protesting over a variety of reasons, some of which I don’t really understand.
The first one is the elimination of tenure, which I assume means that if you teach “X” number of years your job is secure regardless of whether you perform capably or not. As an example: My son had a teacher and after our first meeting I thought to myself, I really have concerns over her ability. As it turns out, my concerns were real and they replaced her. They didn’t fire her, they just moved her to another school, because she had tenure. I think tenure is wrong.
I don’t really understand “opportunity scholarships,” so if someone could enlighten me on this subject, I would certainly appreciate it (both sides of the issue please).
“Eliminating funds for teacher assistants.” I must confess that when I was in school, we didn’t have teacher assistants; don’t really think we needed them. I don’t know about now, but maybe it has something to do with the U.S. Department of Education? Does a TA help teach, maintain discipline, take care of non-essential educational issues? What are the qualifications to be a TA?
“Masters pay for teachers.” Does that mean that just because someone gets a masters degree they are automatically going to be a better teacher than someone who doesn’t? There was a time that people got their masters degree to become administrators not teachers.
And lastly, to the gentleman who said he may end up having to go to another state to get a job. Well, that is a decision that we in the private sector have made for years, and as a gentleman told me years ago, “Don’t let the door knob hit you on the way out.” Also, I thought Gov. McCrory added $30 million to the bill for incentive pay. Now, that is a unique concept, to pay someone extra for doing a good job instead of just showing up!

Floyd Evans lives in Davidson County just outside of High Point.


Opinion page guest column was informative
The guest column from Reps. Rayne Brown and Roger Younts in the Aug. 17 edition of The High Point Enterprise Opinion section was informative. The article had facts I was not aware of and was honest and accurate as presented.  It does, however, raise more questions.
It is interesting that the education budget was the most ever, but teachers only got a 1 percent raise.  Reps. Brown and Younts explained this as being due to “cost overruns of over $1 billion in the Medicaid program and tax reform.”  It is honorable that the representatives are interested in preserving Medicaid for our most needy children and elderly. The tax reform will benefit business and companies in North Carolina.  Brown and Younts  gave us all the good news, but that is not the full story.
I understand there will be sales tax increases on some services that will offset the income tax cuts for the middle-class taxpayer.  Give with one hand and take away with the other. I hope the HPE will publish a list of all the services that will have a sales tax under the new tax bill signed by the governor.
ROY CATLETT
Archdale


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• Stay out of Syria. Already 100,000 people killed; so we go in and kill more with rockets! What difference does it make. Both sides are our enemy. Another Vietnam?