In his letter “Teachers best hope” (Aug. 7 and TribLIVE.com), the Rev. Paul Johnston adopts the narrow view that “(f)inding and keeping top teachers is our best hope for the success of all students.” No, sir, it is not.
While having the best teachers is certainly a component in providing a stellar education, it will mean nothing if children do not come to the classroom ready and eager to learn, the product of having been nurtured and tutored by responsible, involved parents.
We are living in an era of family breakdown; huge numbers of children born out of wedlock, into poverty and/or ignorance; and homes in which parents are not invested in preparing the child for school. When more children are raised by role-model parents who lead by example in the area of education, we will have a student body that is top-notch.
I wish I could say that I see that day on the horizon.
Oren M. Spiegler
Upper St. Clair
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