Not teacher’s fault if students won’t learn
I am a retired CMS teacher, and one of the reasons I retired is because I got tired of being society’s whipping boy on the issue of student performance.
There are many reasons students don’t learn, and more often than not it isn’t the teacher.
Common causes are: not studying, acting out, playing with their phones, and parents who pledge support but don’t deliver.
There is an old saying that you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink – unless you are a teacher, in which case apparently everything is your fault.
Kenneth Kyzer, Charlotte
Trump blind to value of U.S.-Mexico trade
Donald Trump is long past the point of no return regarding his incendiary remarks regarding Mexicans and other minority groups.
Whether building a wall, unenforceable immigration/deportation policies, or eliminating trade agreements, Trump’s misguided policy proposals fail to recognize the value of the U.S.-Mexico trade relationship.
His change in rhetoric does not compensate for his seeming inability to comprehend the value and importance of the economic ties to our Mexican neighbors.
Worse, he has made a vital and unappreciated pillar of our country feel even more marginalized than they already are.
This divisiveness is the opposite of what we must demand from the highest office of the most powerful country on Earth.
Michael Yeary, Charlotte
Include all in presidential debates
With most Americans already vowing to elect the “lesser of two evils,” it is more important now than at any time in recent history to allow the Libertarian and Green Party candidates to share their ideas in the upcoming debates.
The debates should give voters the opportunity to see all the candidates on the ballot, representing the diversity of American political thought and discussing important issues in an unscripted manner so that the people can make informed decisions about the direction of our country.
Joel Morris, Charlotte
Curbing immigration will bring savings
In response to “Trump immigration plan will backfire” (Sept. 2 Forum):
Forum writer Severin Jacobsen thinks the price of strawberries will increase once illegal immigrants and their cheap labor are gone, if Donald Trump is elected.
One should consider the savings some welfare programs will experience once illegal immigrants are gone.
And, the subsequent drop in taxes should give us enough extra money to afford the higher prices on strawberries.
Don Ledbetter, Statesville
Just shaking my head at Trump’s rhetoric
Yes, Donald Trump finally proved he is seriously delusional and needs help!
Who else would take a trip to Mexico and buddy up to the man who compared him to Hitler?
He has to be stopped because he is really changing the mood of this great country by his inflammatory rhetoric, which continues unabated and we watch in disbelief and just shake our heads!
Pearl Rosenthal, Charlotte
I see why Orwell appeals to McCrory
In response to “McCrory: Only 1.1% of teachers leaving N.C.” (Sept. 1):
I find it oddly appropriate that Gov. Pat McCrory’s favorite book is George Orwell’s novel “1984.”
The arguments put forth in favor of HB2 and voter ID laws remind me of a quote from the book:
“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed – if all records told the same tale – then the lie passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past,’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’ ”
Jerry Simon, Charlotte
QB had all-American life; be thankful
In response to “Kaepernick’s protest of ‘rogue cops’ extends” (Sept. 2):
Colin Kaepernick should try to remember his life.
He was abandoned by his birth parents, adopted by a couple with two children, and provided an all-American life.
He played baseball, football and basketball, and was nominated all-state in all three sports his senior year of high school.
He was offered several baseball scholarships, but wanted to play football so accepted the only football scholarship he received, at the University of Nevada.
He should salute our flag and sing our national anthem several times each day.
Ralph Hildreth, Charlotte