Denise De Clair: Yoho is wrong about schools and veterans


Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 11:09 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 11:09 a.m.

As a classroom teacher in Newberry for 12 years, it was always my privilege to help organize school-wide Veterans Day activities that involved our entire student body. I know these activities continue and take place on school campuses across our district, no matter what day the official day of observance falls.

While educators understand the importance of incorporating Veterans Day lessons and activities into our curriculum, we also realize that a child’s parent must promote awareness of the sacrifices our military has made for us.

It is my hope that parents took their children to one of the many Veterans Day observances taking place throughout Congressman-elect Ted Yoho’s district this past Sunday. It is also my hope that Yoho understands that a day off from school doesn’t necessarily mean that a child’s parent is off from work. Child care is always an issue for parents when school is out and they’re working; supervision becomes the main concern, not sitting down around the kitchen table for a civics lesson.

Along with our state legislators, Yoho needs to get in touch with what really goes on in our classrooms and refrain from divisive rhetoric that does nothing to help our schools, or our veterans.

Denise De Clair,

Gainesville

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