Two Sundays ago, the Las Vegas Review-Journal ran a huge story about the massive failure of local students on common assessments. I sent a letter to them responding to it. Some of their story was honestly true, much was misinterpreted and out of context, but mostly it failed to take into account the most salient factors.
Over the following week, they printed three letters in response to the article. Mine wasn’t one of them. All three that did run were positive in nature. Why didn’t they print mine? Is it because I’d just had a letter published the week before? Is it because my letter wasn’t sycophantic enough? Is it because I called them jerks on Facebook for crudely mis-labeling my last letter?
Whatever the reason, here’s an excerpt from the letter the local paper didn’t want you to see:
In your lambasting of local education, you fail to explain why things are so bad. At one point, “culture” was reluctantly offered as a factor. No kidding!
In the first five weeks of school, I’ve spoken with a dozen parents who want their children removed from my English classes and placed in an easier class. This happens every year, as it does to every teacher I know who runs rigorous classes.
One mother explained that the problem with my class is that it’s “all reading and writing.” Apparently, I should be having more dance parties.
It’s incredible just how many parents in Las Vegas will insist on easier classes and demand lower standards. The lazy, entitlement culture is deeply entrenched here.
The next time you want to complain about education, write a scathing exposé about the thousands of your neighbors who regularly bully teachers into mediocrity.