Letters to the Editor
Editor's note: The above photograph, taken in an elementary school, was one of a series we commissioned last year. It had been filed as unusable because of the spelling error, but was inadvertently confused with another photograph in the series and used as an illustration for the budget breakdown in the Feb. 9, 1983 issue of Education Week. The classroom depicted is not a Head Start classroom. We regret the unintended association of Head Start with the photo.
Joan K. Teach Director Lullwater School Decatur, Ga.
A publication that purports to be "American Education's Newspaper of Record" should, it would seem, be careful to reflect correct usage of language. The picture with the Head Start section in "President Reagan's 1984 Education Budget," (Education Week, Feb. 9, 1983), shows a blackboard on which the words are printed: "DAIL A DATE."
The question is raised: Are you reporting in Education Week or advocating weak education?
Sister Sheila Holly Cardinal Dougherty High School Philadelphia, Pa.
Is the writing on the blackboard really supposed to read "DAIL"? Shouldn't it be "DIAL"? I am afraid the students/children are far from getting a Head Start if they are exposed to this misspelling!
B.J. Goodman Banneker Elementary School Loveville, Md.
Strikebreaker Syntax: Why Not Call Them 'Law-Abiding Teachers'?
Paul A. Paroz Superintendent Joseph Badger Local School District Kinsman, Ohio
I refer to your article, "Ruling Ends Detroit Teachers' Contract Dispute" (Education Week, Jan. 19, 1983), regarding teacher strikes and specifically the reference to "strikebreakers." Since these are illegal work stoppages, I think a more proper term would be "law-abiding teachers." Or if you prefer not to offend the National Education Association, how about calling them just regular teachers?