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Tired of seeing dedicated, hard-working teachers berated

As a loyal reader of the Globe, I have long been frustrated with what I see as the paper’s strong stance against the Boston Teachers Union and general disdain for Boston teachers. While there are schools that need help and teachers who need to leave the profession, Boston teachers in general are intelligent, dedicated, and hard-working. This is why I get angry with misinformed insults like this, from Lawrence Harmon’s Aug. 24 op-ed column “Memo to Connolly: Take the money”: “The Boston Teachers Union . . . is mobilizing its troops to hold on to one of the shortest work days in urban education.”

The union welcomes a longer school day as long as teachers are paid for it. As it is, teachers work above and beyond what they are paid for. Most teachers I know stay after school, unpaid, to help students, and then take work home at night. Most dedicate at least one day per weekend to grading and planning. Those summers off? Many teachers pack theirs with professional development to learn, for example, about the Common Core or how to teach English language learners better.

Every August and September, and throughout the year, teachers reach into their own pockets to buy supplies for their own classrooms.


I look forward to the day when the Globe opens its eyes about how qualified Boston teachers are and how hard they work. I, for one, am tired of getting beaten up for the profession to which I have so proudly dedicated my life.

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This is why I breathed a sigh of relief when mayoral candidate John Connolly did not take that Stand for Children money.

Nicole Pelletier

Jamaica Plain