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Women are in the right place as teachers

• Apr 25, 2018 at 1:00 PM

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letter to the editor was submitted by Richard Missler of Norwalk

Take notice that 70 percent of the teachers are women. We should be pleased and heartened that they have adopted this ladder in the culture.

Women are known to revolutionize what they put their minds to  — Jane Austen with novels and Emily Dickinson with poetry are two examples.

Their initial ladder was the nursing area which they nursed into the nursing “profession,” which now includes advanced degrees. In the process, there was considerable savings in the cost of medical practice.

In fact, the upstart nursing education programs bested the long-time male-led teacher education programs in strategies for preparing entrants training at universities.

Public education is likely at a cusp, as females are making their way into educational administration. Some patience on the public’s part is merited. Austen in the 18th century and Dickinson in the 19th faced long shot prospects — the achievements have been remarkable, but social progress has much lagged, for women more generally.

We have seen gender differences in leadership style — two Susans come to mind — Lesch is Norwalk and Collins in Washington. The chief criticism of today’s education is that it is not child-focused, and it would not be surprising if women intuitively know how to make it so.

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