I applaud the mother of the student who was ejected by a teacher who used a racial epithet ("Parent who posted video of Baltimore teacher wishes she hadn't been fired," Nov. 19). Erica Deminds was accurate in her observation of what may have caused the confrontation. She obviously is aware of what teachers face each day, no matter where they may teach. Ms. Deminds speaks highly of the teacher, and the children in the class will miss her and her abilities. I've seen personally how students who don't wish to learn can make it difficult for those who do. The teacher should not have used the language she did, but it came from frustration, not from hate. Teaching is a vocation that takes a special individual to be a sometimes-mother and father to these students. They deal with students who see in their young lives more than most adults would be able to bear.
The school system has a difficult time hiring teachers who care and who give so much to educate our future citizens, and now it's minus one.
I feel if parents would spend one day in class, they would see a world many of them would not be able to deal with. I applaud those teachers who manage to hold on to sanity and go to school each day, hoping to instill in each student a sense of accomplishment. When we look upon our own education, we all remember a teacher who made being educated a goal. We can thank them for their effort and for their love of learning and attempting to pass this on to us. And thanks to Ms. Deminds who is to be commended for her ability to see the side that teachers see constantly. Hopefully, her son will learn from this lesson and realize his potential because of the teachers he meets along the way.
Lois Raimondi Munchel, Forest Hill