[Susan notes: I understand this teacher's frustration. I remember my own frustration when talking with the mother of my third grade student who was having such great difficulty in school. I told her I didn't want to give him homework but wondered if she could talk to him about his school day--maybe while fixing dinner, encourage him to open up about what was troubling him. Her answer: "Sure, if he's around. Usually he doesn't show up for dinner."
To the editor
South Korean students with money go to school twice a day ( The $4 Million Teacher, Review, Aug. 3). My New York City students barely made it in for school once a day. When they did make it in, the morning was spent in a teenage trance, sleeping on the desk and being desperate for food since they had not eaten any breakfast.
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