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In a letter published in this newspaper a number of weeks ago, we registered a number of rather sharp criticisms about our Port Washington school system, especially in regard to Schreiber High School. We meant this letter to be constructive ... there is nothing healthier than a free and open discussion of public affairs ... that is the American way.

Over the years we have watched developments at Schreiber very carefully, and it is our obligation to do so since we've paid out serious money to help support the entire public school system.

In fact, we live so close to the school's athletic grounds that we can h hear the crowds cheer during the course of a Vikings Saturday afternoon football game.

We've visited Schreiber High School any number of times on both a professional and visitation basis, and know full well that the school has a tremendous array of sound educational facilities: e.g., a fine central library, as well as specialized libraries for the English and history departments. All the science labs are well equipped, while there are visual and audio aids galore throughout the school.

Despite all these positive qualities, there are a number of glaring weaknesses, and we'll only enumerate a small number of them. And we base all these statements on solid facts gathered through a number of interviews with students and parents.

* Too many of the Schreiber teachers give up on students all too early. How is it possible for a particular student to get a solid A in one academic course and then fail miserably in another? There is something missing here.

* Why must some teachers do such outlandish things as wearing nose rings to class? Or coming into school with tattoos on their arms? What are they trying to prove? ... How "hip" or how "cool" they are?

* Why must teachers go out of their way to humiliate students in front of their peers? In a professional setting, this is never, never done. That is the first thing we learn in teacher training: respect the students.

There are other negative factors to consider insofar as the Schreiber faculty is concerned, but it is time that they back off on their arrogant attitudes.

And it is time that Dr. Geoffrey Gordon, our esteemed superintendent of schools, climbs down off his ivory tower to find out what's really going on in his schools. The situation as a whole is not pretty.

Robert Obojski


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