Education Letter to the Editor

Collective Memory

April 15, 2005 2 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

What a surprise to read the feature article “Home Base” in the March/April issue. I have been an elementary teacher at Patch Barracks for many years and can relate to much of what Mr. Toner wrote. His favorite teacher, Mr. Hanks, was a friend of mine, and he is truly missed. I have shared this article with my colleagues, and I hope that Mr. Hanks’ widow has also read the article.

Mavis Tell

Stuttgart, Germany

I couldn’t believe it when I saw the cover of your magazine today. It caught my attention because I, too, lived in Germany in the early ’80s and attended Patch High. In fact, I thought to myself that the drawing on the front looked a lot like Mr. Hanks. Imagine my surprise when I read the story. Mr. Hanks taught a class that I really wanted to take, but it was always booked solid, so I couldn’t get in. It was called “Bits and Pieces,” and the entire focus of the class was dissecting various critters. Very cool stuff. The subtlety of Mr. Toner’s reference to the term “bits and pieces” was not lost on me, nor will it be lost on other alums of Patch High.

It saddens me deeply to learn of Mr. Hanks’ tragic passing. He is the kind of teacher that I aspire to be like. It is interesting that he has influenced my life and I never even made it onto his rolls. What power the man wielded. I hope he knew it.

Steve Arnold

Belle Point Alternative School

Forth Smith, Arkansas

An army brat myself, my eye was drawn to the article about another army brat when I opened the March/April issue of Teacher Magazine. Imagine my surprise when I actually turned to page 30 and saw that it was written about Patch High. Being a little older than Mr. Toner, I graduated from Stuttgart High School in Ludwigsburg in 1958. Like Mr. Toner, I recall those years and the teachers I had with great fondness.

Going to school in Stuttgart was a great experience. Even though he and I are separated by years and the schools were in different parts of Stuttgart, I enjoyed his article about the teachers who remain with you all your life. I remember my English teacher at Stuttgart who was a frustrated Shakespearean actor. When we read Shakespeare’s plays, she made them so real, I enjoy them to this day.

Mr. Toner should send his article to the Army Brats Web site, where it can be shared with brats all over. Thanks for sharing the memories.

Marilou Abramshe

Yorktown Heights, New York

Teacher Magazine welcomes the opinions and comments of its readers. Letters should be 300 words or fewer and may be edited for clarity and length. All submissions should include an address and phone number. Send letters to tm@epe.org or to Teacher Magazine, 6935 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.

A version of this article appeared in the May 01, 2005 edition of Teacher as Collective Memory


This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Classroom Technology Webinar
How to Leverage Virtual Learning: Preparing Students for the Future
Hear from an expert panel how best to leverage virtual learning in your district to achieve your goals.
Content provided by Class
English-Language Learners Webinar AI and English Learners: What Teachers Need to Know
Explore the role of AI in multilingual education and its potential limitations.
Education Webinar The K-12 Leader: Data and Insights Every Marketer Needs to Know
Which topics are capturing the attention of district and school leaders? Discover how to align your content with the topics your target audience cares about most. 

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education From Our Research Center What's on the Minds of Educators, in Charts
Politics, gender equity, and technology—how teachers and administrators say these issues are affecting the field.
1 min read
Stylized illustration of a pie chart
Traci Daberko for Education Week
Education Briefly Stated: August 30, 2023
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: August 23, 2023
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: August 16, 2023
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read