Still trying to catch up on emails. This one made me very happy!
“As I’ve told you many times, you made Latin possible for this home schooled family! When my daughter requested to study Latin, I was so against it. I made her study Spanish. With no interest, it didn’t go well. Eventually, I had to give in.
I began disastrously with Wheelock..and then found you. We did VL together. After a while, we came to feel “A day without Dwayne, is like a day without sunshine!”
“Three years ago, our local football team here in Seattle won the NFL championship. Leading up to the Super Bowl game and afterward was an orgy of celebration, a non-stop display of team jingoism. Every other car, home, and shop had a “12th Man” banner. Half the population had a T-shirt or a cap with the team logo.
OK, I get it. Pride in the home team and all that. But could we display maybe 1% as much pride when a local author wins a National Book Award or a local scientist wins a Nobel prize?
When was the last time we had a parade for them, or for so many who contribute so much to make this world a better place: teachers, librarians, researchers, scientists, authors, poets, and others.
If I had my way, I’d make a teacher’s salary on par with a football coach’s salary, at least in public institutions. You want to pay the football coach more, sure, go ahead, as long as those who teach also get a pay raise. Why not? Whether you’re a football fan or not, you’d surely agree that teachers make a bigger contribution in this world.”
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