Letters - September 3, 2015

Make sure you are getting your child ready for the school you want by getting your application in before the deadline

Make sure you are getting your child ready for the school you want by getting your application in before the deadline

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EDUCATION

Respect teachers as we go back to school

This week is ‘back to school’ week. As you greet your child’s new teacher on the first day back at school, you may not realise the teacher has probably spent the whole of the last week preparing for that day.

Having grown up with parents as teachers, and now being married to one, I understand the turmoil of a teacher in returning to school. Contrary to popular belief, teachers don’t work from 9am until 3pm and have 13 weeks a year off work.

Teachers work more hours than most, often up to 100 hours per week. When your child has returned home, your child’s teacher will be working for many hours into the evening, and when your child is on holiday, your child’s teacher will spend these holidays working.

I find it frustrating that, despite the immense efforts teachers apply to their role, the government have bred an anti-teacher culture.

When schools fail, the government publicises this as an example of teachers’ incompetence. However, the reason most schools fail is because teachers are prevented from doing a good job by a government that insists it knows best.

It enforces its own policies against teachers advice and then, when the government discovers it has got it wrong, it blames the teachers, despite the fact that the teachers would have done things differently had they been able.

As a non-teacher myself, I want to put the record straight and highlight teachers have a genuine case for respect.

So, disregard what the government would have you believe and, when your child returns to school, please show some respect for the efforts your teacher is making.

Nathan Cooke

via email

MIDDLE EAST

Jacqui got it right on Isis and history

Now, I often read Jacqui Morley’s Gazette articles and don’t always agree with her remarks.

However, I do agree wholeheartedly with her comments in the Gazette regarding the treatment of Khaled Al-Assad (Look At It This Way, Gazette, August 28).

I find myself almost speechless in trying to understand the barbarity of these deluded Isis morons for that is what they are.

Here was a man obviously dedicated to discovering and preserving archaeological remains for the benefit of human kind. He had spent most of his life in Syria doing what he loved best,presumably causing no harm to anyone and then along come this barbaric army of the deluded.

I too would love to visit Syria and see such places as Palmyra and the Crac De Chevalier, stronghold of the Crusaders, but it seems that we will always be at war with the Islamic state.There just seems to be no end throughout history.

I only hope that as Jacqui states, they will be but little more than a footnote in history, however, surely they must be judged eventually.

Terence Wright

via email

HEALTH

Why not remember charity in your will?

While three-quarters of us give regularly to charity in our lifetime, only seven per cent give to a charity in their wills.

Remember A Charity in your Will Week runs from September 7 to 13, and is all about showing how much of a difference a gift in your Will can make.

At Diabetes UK, Gifts in Wills make a huge difference to the lives of the millions of people living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. They help us fund research, campaign on key issues, and offer education and support to more people who need it.

There are now 3.9 million people with diabetes in the UK, a number that is growing rapidly, with 11.5 million people at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. It can be a serious, even life-threatening condition – but the right support at the right time helps people to manage it and live a long, healthy lives.

Talking about wills isn’t an easy conversation to have, and Diabetes UK understands that family and friends must always come first. All we ask is that you consider leaving a gift to Diabetes UK. Every gift will help improve the lives of people living with and at risk of diabetes.

If you would like to speak to our Gifts in Wills Team, call Katie on 020 7424 1853, email legacies@diabetesuk.org or visit diabetes.org.uk/legacies

What better legacy could you leave to future generations?

Lara Dobson

Area Fundraising Manager

Diabetes UK North of England

ENVIRONMENT

We need action to smarten up streets

I am appalled by the overgrown weeds on our public highways and paths.

The council has a duty to maintain our pathways and highways, but, as usual, these areas are being neglected, while the council spends “our money” fruitlessly in other areas.

I take my dog for walks in this area and he has picked up ticks and parasites from these overgrown areas.

If our councillors resided in the wards they represent, I am sure these issues would be addressed but, alas, councillors flit from ward to ward when “competition” seems likely to knock them out of their seat.

Councillors Jackson and Owen, smarten up Victoria Ward... Have some pride and respect for the residents!

Marcus Polakovs

via email