To the Editor:
Anthony J. Mullen’s Commentary “We Need a National Monument to Teachers” (Oct. 23, 2013) is a noble proposal.
Given the decades of often-unjustified attacks on public education and public school teachers, not having a national monument to teachers seems just about what our current crop of politicians would favor.
However, in stating reasons why this monument should be created, Mr. Mullen failed to highlight the ultimate rationale for public education: It forms the basis of our democracy.
Old Saybrook, Conn.
The author is a retired teacher.
A version of this article appeared in the November 13, 2013 edition of Education Week as Schools’ Role in Democracy Should Not Be Overlooked