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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

For the past month, the media have presented reports addressing Gov. Corbett's proposed budget cuts. Conservatives have overwhelmingly agreed with the governor's plan to destroy public and higher education.

The main argument coming from the right seems to be that our teachers have miserably failed. If this is true, I must have imagined my public school experience.

When I made it to Thomas Jefferson High School in 2001, I started to understand how many great educators there truly were. Mr. Resnik was a young math teacher who helped me somehow pass geometry by teaching me sine, cosine and tangent functions on the bus ride home from a junior varsity baseball game.

Mr. McClain somehow got me interested in science, while Mrs. Loughran and Mrs. Barker introduced me to classic novels such as "1984" and "Fahrenheit 451." I have a love for reading to this day because of them.

Also, there was Coach Cherpak, who worked for nickels an hour but ironically taught me that there is so much more to life than football.

At California University of Pennsylvania, I was introduced to Dr. Marak, who taught me to question the world, and Mr. Rieck, who had an everlasting impact on my life. So I ask whether these are the failed educators I read about in the paper and hear about at the local tavern.

I wrote this letter to make the point that there are many great teachers out there and that they do have an everlasting positive effect upon our children's lives. For that is the main reason that I, 25 years old, am a public school teacher myself.

Anthony Hritz

Jefferson Hills

The writer teaches at Elizabeth Forward High School.

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