Letters to the Editor

Teachers show poor example

In response to the letter “PTA doesn’t help the cause” in the Jan. 18 edition:

The outrage expressed by the individual, who is a teacher, about the fact that the Washington State PTA Board of Directors would dare not support the Jan. 14 Washington Education Association’s “Day of Action” is an example of how the WEA uses blackmail techniques. The writer states he can no longer be a part of an organization (WSPTA) that is unwilling to go along with exactly what the WEA says. This represents how closed-minded many teachers are.

I am a parent of several children who attend the Federal Way school district, and I agree with the WSPTA that the teachers have gained nothing from the Legislature by having gone down to Olympia for the day and disrupting the lives of the families who had to deal with daycare or other arrangements for their children on a day that should have been a day of school. There are other methods of rallying parents and/or getting the attention of the Legislature. The reality is the Legislature has been inept for many years now, and for the WEA to think that going down for one day and stomping at the capitol grounds is really going to make a difference shows their own high level of naivety.

I support education, encourage it, expect it out of my own children and out of the school district. But taking an illegal action does not set the example that I would expect from quality, qualified individuals.

Nathaniel Jarvis

Federal Way

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