Letters to the Editor

Caring teachers

September 7, 2010


To the editor:

I am a teacher and mother of a son who attended East Heights and had the good fortune of being in Donna Lang’s class.

Lawrence’s Early Childhood Program was a life raft for us, especially because we were in the infancy stages of identifying our son’s needs and were reeling from an unfortunate child care experience.

The teachers and staff at East Heights were warm, professional and welcoming. My son enjoyed a wide variety of experiences during his time there. He was viewed as a unique child whose needs were met through tireless efforts, and his talents were encouraged and appreciated.

This was certainly not a “factory” or “industry” as some misguided online comments have suggested. The comments come from individuals who have no experience whatsoever with Ms. Lang or the Early Childhood program, yet they seem happy to use Lang’s letter as a means to degrade such important work with diatribes about the state of modern public education.

The Lawrence district employs many incredible teachers who, while needing to fulfill obligations related to assessment testing, also push themselves to teach a dynamic curriculum to students they care about deeply.

In my classroom, students are encouraged to express their ideas and present challenges within the guidelines of being informed and respectful. Legions of teachers have led their classes this way, hoping to instill responsible, productive and inspired habits of civic behavior in these future adults.

By their conduct, it seems these critics perhaps were absent for those days of school.


Richard Heckler 7 years, 9 months ago

Considering how Kansas legislators are constantly failing to meet financial demands.

Academic standards can also diminish without a constant source of tax dollars at a appropriate level to support demand.

Too many legislators are always throwing out that FEAR angle about local control. The fear should be how Kansas legislators do not finance our public school systems. In my opinion the majority of Kansas legislators harass the public education system.

gl0ck0wn3r 7 years, 9 months ago

Says the guy who home schools his kid.

jafs 7 years, 9 months ago

If he does, perhaps that's because the public schools aren't adequately funded.

And, what's your obsession with merrill's personal life really about?

Bob Burton 7 years, 9 months ago


I would say that gl0ck0wn3r is right on.. You do not home school your kids because the school is not getting enough money.. Thats a really lame reason & I don't think he has an obssession with merrills personal life..

jafs 7 years, 9 months ago

Of course you do, if you feel that the school system is not performing adequately due to lack of funding.

Check the many, many comments that glock has posted asking whether merrill owns a business, claiming he doesn't pay much in taxes, etc.

LadyJ 7 years, 9 months ago

Got to wondering if all the principals in Lawrence have PHDs, the school district website really doesn't give any information on the principals that I could see. Will try to navigate the site when I have more time. Does anyone know?

Practicality 7 years, 9 months ago

Ms. Jevens.

Please ignore most of the posters. They are usually extremists in some form or another. You and Ms. Lang keep up the good work. Just pretend that the posters on here have the same maturity level as the toddlers you teach and it will all make sense.

mr_right_wing 7 years, 9 months ago

So let the folks who believe in and support our school system step up.

Those of us who have philosophical problems with public schools should be allowed to 'opt out' of supporting them through our taxes.

I don't have any big problem with Lawrence Public Schools in particular; just the public schools and what they teach in general. Folks who feel like I do should be able to utilize vouchers, or take that tax money used for public schools and use it for tuition for private schools or for home school supplies.

jafs 7 years, 9 months ago

Then should those of us that have problems with war be able to "opt out" of paying for them?

Or those that have problems with farm subsidies?.

Or those that have problems with, ...?

The system doesn't work that way, and it isn't designed to work that way - we all pay into a pool, and then the money is spent by legislators who are elected to represent our interests.

jafs 7 years, 9 months ago

And, for the record, many people who don't have children are paying for public schools and will never use them at all.

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