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Don't 'murder' our teachers

Published:Tuesday | May 4, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Editor, Sir:

I have noted with great concern that almost everyone has become an inspector for teachers. It has left a taste of gall in my mouth how society's onlookers are quick to point out teachers' flaws and are not hesitating to cast the blame on them when students fail.

Ms V. Carnegie, who categorically stated in Monday's Gleaner that teachers should be blamed for students' poor performance, is nothing short of biased and ignorant of what is going on in the classrooms.

Other contributing factors

While I am by no means denying that teachers have to take some of the blame for students' poor performance, as one who is in the system, I feel compelled to let Ms Carnegie know that there are many more contributing factors that she has apparently chosen not to consider, or about which she is ignorant.

When one gets ill and goes to the doctor and dies, is it always the doctors' fault? When gunmen decide to create mayhem and snuff out innocent lives, is it always the cops' fault? When believers in a church fall short in the sight of God, is it always the clergyman's fault? Maybe the answer to these questions would bring about a resounding no but when children fail, let us gather stones and kill our teachers.

As a teacher, it hurts me when my students fail. This sentiment I know is felt by many of my colleagues. However, try as we may, when other 'outside' factors creep in and mar our students, sometimes the knowledge we assiduously try to impart just bounces off like a ball. Even then, we press on.

I am, etc.,

MARY ANN LEAMY

Clonmel, St Mary