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Archive for Tuesday, September 7, 1999

LOSS TO LAWRENCE

September 7, 1999

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To the editor:

Thank you for the article on Mr. Roth's early retirement.

The administration made an egregious error in removing one of the district's best teachers. I only hope that this decision does not reflect too strongly on the kind of teaching the Lawrence school system is promoting. If popularity is the only criteria for retaining a teacher, our education system will soon become as vacuous as daytime television. Education without teachers who challenge and inspire is worse than watching TV. At least with TV it is clear that the watcher is passively absorbing nonsense!

As a recent LHS graduate (1996), I am proud of my education in Lawrence. But the only thing that made a difference in my learning was inspired teachers who challenged my preconceptions and ability. There were, unfortunately, few of those teachers in my school experience. But there were enough. Mr. Roth was an inspired and dedicated teacher. He taught the value of hard work and perseverance by method and by personal example. His "challenging" teaching methods ultimately show a deep respect for his students' academic and personal potential. His loss as a teacher is a loss to all the students of Lawrence.

Suzanne Hasselle,

Amherst, Mass.

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