Teachers' holiday and summer recesses include school-related work

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Bob Ebitz’s letter “And They’re Off” (Aug. 5) enraged me. How dare anyone compare inept congressional representatives with hard-working public school teachers? How dare anyone suggest that a congressional representative’s five-week recess is similar to the holiday recesses of a teacher?

Mr. Ebitz, I spent every holiday, even the ones in Pittsburgh with my family, grading stacks of papers and creating lessons. For the first week of summer “vacation,” I cleaned out my classroom; I spent the second week relaxing; by the third week, I was already preparing for the upcoming school year by reading new books added to the curriculum, thinking of more innovative ways to teach lessons and foster student learning, and mentally arranging and rearranging my classroom to make it a more nurturing environment for my students.

For decades, I interacted daily with more than 100 middle school students, colleagues, administrators, board of education members and parents — and I rarely had a free moment. And don’t forget my evenings — 4 to 10 p.m. — and weekends when I graded, planned, wrote progress reports and called parents.

I am confident that other public school teachers share my dedication and sentiments — and wish that the public supported us in our efforts instead of criticizing us for so-called time off.

RONNA L. EDELSTEIN
Oakland


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