Teachers are overworked, underpaid and underequipped

Monday , April 09, 2018 - 6:00 AM1 comment

Before being invited to teach at Weber State University, I taught American history at Ben Lomond High School for three decades.

I’ve never forgotten that, at least 15 years after Neil Armstrong put his footprints there, the textbook I was required to use said: “Someday man will land on the moon.”

Also, students routinely write their names inside the front cover of the book assigned to them. One boy approached me asking, “Do you know who you first issued this book to? My mother!” I decided to retire before another student was able to tell me that his grandfather had used the same book.

After a lot of arm-twisting, the principal finally agreed to set aside money for new textbooks for the following school year. They never arrived.

My colleagues were overworked, underpaid and underequipped. Our state legislators always seem more committed to building more highways than building minds in our increasingly overcrowded classrooms.

Teachers are on strike in at least two states. My allegiance is with them and my former colleagues.

M.J. Ogden

North Ogden

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