Archive for Tuesday, September 7, 1999


September 7, 1999


To the editor:

Stan Roth is known to me only by reputation but, having heard him praised for four decades as one of the most outstanding teachers in the Lawrence schools, I was shocked to read that he had been barred from the classroom and pressured to resign by assigning him to a demeaning position. Apparently the stuffed suits that run our schools do not honor excellence in the classroom.

It does not seem to have occurred to them to recognize 40 years of outstanding service. All they can think of is how to bully Stan out of the system. Such lack of regard for good teaching suggests to me that these self-styled "educators" cannot be competent at their profession. Perhaps they would do better if given a new assignment as janitors.

This shabby and clueless treatment of a respected, REAL educator leaves me with no faith at all in these administrators. How can I trust them when they have demonstrated that they don't know how to do their job? And since they have lost my confidence, how can I believe them when they ask me to trust their judgment in Roth's case?

They are masking their motives and reasons with a self-serving appeal to "confidentiality." Their defenses would be stripped away and the truth could be known if Stan Roth would only waive his legal right to confidentiality. I hope he is not too nice a guy to call their bluff.

Richard Kay,


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