In response to the Feb. 17 news article “Teacher gifts under scrutiny”: My mom has been a teacher for 18 years, and when students give her gifts, they are tokens of appreciation for all she does for them.
I am aghast (yes, a vocabulary word that I learned from my teacher) that leaders are worried about gift cards for teachers instead of all the other major issues concerning education. My mom and the other teachers are professionals, and by suggesting that they would change a student’s grade based on a gift is a strong message that teachers are not trusted professionals.
When my mom receives gifts cards, guess what she does? She uses them for her students. The Target gift card went to buy supplies for students in need, the Barnes & Noble gift card went to buy books for her classroom and the Starbucks gift card allowed her to purchase the coffee needed to help her grade 130 essays.
I encourage parents to speak up and continue to give teachers gifts of appreciation and lawmakers to trust and treat teachers as professionals.
McKenzie Katherine Feldman