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[Susan notes: A good, solid letter.]

Published in Boston Globe

To the editor

AGAIN, AN unelected group of unknowing and transparent bureaucrats and

business executives has decided that it knows more about managing education

than the people who work in the field ("Business

and school group urges Hub changes," City

& Region, Aug. 21). Transparent, because it is always in its interest to be

critical of teachers during contract negotiations, and unknowing, because

this group flatters itself that it is accurately cognizant of the issues

facing schools.

Many people believe they know what makes effective schools because they have

attended school. This is akin to saying I am a physician because I've been

in a hospital. I challenge any of this group to spend a week teaching in a

public school classroom, exam schools excluded. There, they may attempt to

carry out curriculum policies fashioned by politicians while simultaneously

managing a group with varied cognitive abilities, language abilities,

behavior issues, and family support.

Anyone who has ever read of Mr. Chips or Miss Dove believes that all

teachers should embody their selfless traits. Remember; these are characters

in fiction.

Beverly Cooper-Wiele

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