Re: "Teachers' collective bargaining targeted" (TNT, 4-30).
Undoubtedly there are many teachers who grade honestly and are capable, dedicated, and deserving of our thanks and appropriate remuneration for their superior services. But we cannot at present identify these deserving teachers.
The general case is that our schools are performing poorly, even worse than most people recognize. In addition to the one-quarter of high school students who do not graduate, there is apparently at least another quarter who are handed unmerited diplomas and therefore require remedial coursework if they attempt college.
Educators in Atlanta were sentenced to jail for falsifying student (and school) merit through doctoring of test results. If "grade inflation" misleads students, parents and school boards into believing our public school system isn't terrible, then how is this different from Atlanta?
I am not advocating jail for anyone, but I do think that pay raises for teachers should be deferred until such time as we can better identify merit among individual teachers or, better yet, until our school system has been improved.
Regarding class size, Koreans do splendidly with 30 students in class. Even in America, many fellow seniors probably have had experience similar to my own. I believe I never had a K-12 class with fewer than 25 students, and I had two classes with around 40.