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Letter: Legislators should mirror state teachers’ dedication

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Don Thompson


To the editor:

I can’t resist commenting on a recent news story in the education field. A legislator, speaking for others I’m sure, expressed disbelief at reports that a large majority of teachers in Indiana were rated effective or highly effective. The irony surely escapes no one that a member of one of the most distrusted and ineffective groups in our society cannot comprehend how another group of professionals can be so successful.

I suppose reality lies somewhere between the legislator’s incredulity and the accumulated evaluations by the administrators of the teachers. On the other hand, why wouldn’t highly educated, dedicated individuals be effective at what they undertake, individually and as a group?

Teachers, generally, approach their job trying to find ways to encourage, inspire and enhance the lives of the students they contact without concern for self-aggrandizement. It’s unfortunate for our state that more lawmakers don’t approach their task with the same mindset as their teachers.

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