A second to Sara Mosle’s guest column, from a retired public schoolteacher. [“Why parents make better teachers,” Opinion, Sept. 1.]
My success derived from two sources. I had been a lousy student in high school, after my dad died when I was 14. My wife and I raised five children together. Both of these “learning experiences” allowed me to work effectively with all children and understand how to support them by supporting their parents.
Many young teachers have great energy and fervent belief, but schools with a majority of parent-teachers bring irreplaceable depth to the task of loving and teaching every student.
Dale Rector, Seattle