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Indecent story

Concerning the article in The Tribune’s New Year’s Day edition titled, “Death of 15-year-old shocked county”:Is this the best you can do to ring in the new year with your readers? Must you recount in a front page, above-the-fold headline the horrific tragedy that has befallen this poor family? Have you nothing else to offer besides this heartbreaking story from last year?

Dystiny Myer’s family and friends are trying to heal, and your search for a salacious headline took precedence over decency. Shame on you.

Vance Wilson

Atascadero

Time on his hands?

Roy Berger (“Teacher stress,” Dec. 29) is sure high school history teacher Jim Gregory has a budget that could include $160 per month to have a student check papers, thus reducing Gregory’s stress level. That’s a careless assumption at best.

Perhaps Berger could donate his time and offer to check those papers for free, thus reducing Gregory’s stress level and saving him money as well.

I am sure Berger has the time.

Apparently, Berger has time enough to compose letters that are so far off the mark that it is embarrassing to him.

I’d extend the offer to Berger to grade my papers, but I’d rather do it myself.

It’s my job to examine the papers my students submit. In doing so, I know my students’ strengths and weaknesses, and I’m better able to assign a grade.

I’m also sure that Gregory, an instructor of great skill and integrity, chooses to do the same. Thanks anyway, Berger, and keep on writin’!

Brian Miller

San Luis Obispo

Large classes tough

In response to Roy Berger’s letter to the editor titled, “Teacher stress” (Dec. 29):

I believe you are missing the point. Larger classes do affect the teacher’s workload and morale, but more importantly, they affect the quality of education that the students in our community receive. The relationship students have with their teacher is critical to their perceptions of school and learning.

A larger class means that the teacher is less able to get to know individual students and meet individual needs, resulting in the students feeling anonymous and disconnected. It is much more difficult for teachers with larger classes to group students collaboratively and engage them in projects that motivate and interest them. 

I doff my hat to Jim Gregory, who is doing a marvelous job considering the difficult circumstances of his overcrowded classroom. Smaller classes are not about making the teacher’s job easier. Smaller classes are about making the quality of education in our schools better.

Lloyd Walzer

Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association president

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