January 5, 2017

Union proud

Thanks to the UFT, I have a decent pension, TDA benefits and medical coverage that give me a comfortable retirement and the financial ability to help my kids and grandkids, too!

Readin’ and writin’

In response to the Learning Curve column “Aiming for ‘Universal’ success in reading” [Dec. 1], I agree coaches are very valuable; yet in addition, let’s get “real” RTI and academic intervention specialists working directly with students.

Twitter president

While supporters of public education are justifiably concerned with the selection of Betsy DeVos as the next secretary of education because of her advocacy for charter schools and vouchers, the real impediment to providing a quality education for all just might be Trump’s tendency to use Twitter posts to articulate positions and to address perceived injustices.

Wrong choice for education secretary

Is it just me, or does Betsy DeVos make Cathie Black look like Diane Ravitch?

December 1, 2016

The lack of curriculum

It was very disappointing to read your article about the lack of curriculum in so many schools [“Widespread lack of curriculum in core subjects,” Nov. 3].

The importance of teamwork

Regarding the story “Two of a kind” [Nov. 3] about the guidance counselor and social worker at PS 203 in Queens:

Election Day blues

After the election of Donald Trump, everything dear to us is on the line. We have political strength, but we can always be stronger. Every UFT member must contribute to COPE. If you contribute, please consider contributing an additional amount.

November 3, 2016

Against homework

Your Learning Curve column [Oct. 6] basically says that studies show homework isn’t necessary and may be harmful (due to other activities that the student is missing out on while completing it) and then has a bunch of teachers explain anecdotally that their students are somehow the exception and the homework they assign is extra meaningful and necessary and has nothing to do with those silly scientific studies.

Campaign 2016

Beyond the lack of civility and personal attacks in the second presidential debate, the failure of either candidate (or the moderators) to mention education in any capacity was a glaring and dangerous omission.

School integration

Choice is the key on the question of school integration.

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