Come teach us about logging


Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2001

This is to the logger who recently contributed to Word of Mouth about teachers. I would like to invite you to come and join us in our first-second grade classroom. Not to prove that my job is hard or that yours is easy. I'd like to share our class and school with you in the spirit of cooperation instead of confrontation. Lately in Word of Mouth there have been accusations about teacher efforts, ethics and compensation. About whether teachers are really doing their job or care about students. People have compared teachers salaries and the difficulty of the teaching profession with various other jobs. And you felt in one letter a teacher had implied that just being a teacher meant he or she was smarter than you.

I don't think I'm smarter than you just because I'm a teacher. It doesn't matter to me who is smarter. What matters to me is that we come together as a community as much as we can, whenever we can, with as much or more vigor as I see being put into adversarial positions in the paper.

I believe that by getting to know each other as people we can appreciate each other in a deeper and more meaningful way than through comparing our careers. I'd like to invite you to teach my students and myself about logging. My students would love to learn what a logger does. They'd be thrilled to see special equipment you use, and learn safety tips about that equipment. You could teach them more about trees than I ever could. And about what happens to trees between the time they are cut down and the time they are turned into products we use every day, including at school.

I have an agenda here also. I'd like you to be in a classroom to develop a relationship with a teacher and students, even if just through one visit. I'd love for you to see what we do and how we work. Community relationships are built two people at a time, and that is a great opportunity that could benefit us all. I'd like you to better know what teachers do and how you can contribute as a special resource person to the education of children. I would bet that when some of my students sat down at the dinner table after your visit they'd be more likely to tell their families about learning how to sharpen a chain than how to find the area of a rectangle.

I work at Harborview School. The phone number is 463-1875. I sincerely hope you will contact me, and I look forward to meeting you and working together.

Fred Hiltner


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