Fore Note: This is an editorial picked up from the Knoxville News Sentinel.  Just wanted to share since it came from  Loudon County. Mr. Lepir is a Tellico Village resident.

Letter: Teachers should quit whining, do jobs

Peter Lepir, Loudon

The taxpayers are asked each year to pay significant amounts of their income to fund education. This includes funding for administration, schools, salaries, technology, books, etc. As a result, millions of dollars flow into a ďsystemĒ in Tennessee that every year has ranked near the bottom in the country in terms of student achievement.

The state has recently passed programs attempting to hold schools and teachers accountable through evaluations and benchmarking against objective standards and standardized test results. The teachers apparently are against these measures, even though recent reports show significant positive achievement results are being made. They say itís too hard, the students donít like it, and itís not like it used to be. Change is always difficult, as is learning new ways of doing things. Teachers certainly should understand this better than most.

Taxpayers have no choice but to pay their school taxes, but this is not free money for the school system. Ultimately they are accountable to the taxpayers who demand and deserve some reasonable return for their money ó namely, educated students. Itís time for the teachers to get real, realize the sacrifices taxpayers make to fund education and quit all the ďpity meĒ stuff. Itís their job, and it is time for them to grow up, quit whining and do their job.