It is no doubt that the quality of education for our youth is a topic undergoing constant change, improvement, and scrutiny. Such is the way of progress in all of life’s valued amenities. The recent article regarding a local high school teacher exposed some of the so-called boundaries of our education system being crossed. But was this exposure for the right reasons? It is no doubt that certain behaviors are not acceptable in the classroom, for students and teachers alike. However, the article on this matter closed the curtains to a very a compassionate person and a brilliant educator.
If examined under a microscope, a vast majority of educators, employees, and volunteer staff in any situation would be reprimanded for one reason or another. People make mistakes, and people grow. This particular article, though the research was concrete, set a very close-minded and slandering tone. Our beautiful community of Nelson is globally known for it’s welcoming energy, and exposing a person in this unflattering light is not the way we do things.
Educators shape lives and it comes as no surprise when some of their practices are seen as abnormal, but do we really want to stamp out groups of cookie cutter children into the world? A lot of brilliant and inspiring lessons took place in that third floor classroom. I know I’m certainly not the only student to leave L.V. Rogers with gratitude toward all my instructors, and a glistening bright future.
Alexander the Great said it best: “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.”
Emelia McMahon, Nelson