(Re: “No need to change term for teachers” and “‘Learning facilitators’ must avoid euphemisms that cloud meaning,” Nov. 1, 2018) Last week retired teachers Leo Bethke and Dr. Wayne Mannebach submitted letters objecting to Ripon Area School District officials’ proposals to substitute the term “learning facilitator” for the traditional name “teacher” throughout the Ripon school system

     I support their viewpoint.

     The new term minimizes some important roles of a teacher — to oversee the decorum in the learning environment (classroom), to maintain order and to provide discipline when needed.

     Teachers should be authority figures, just as parents ought to be. ...

     Let us not meddle with our rich history and tradition by dropping the name “teacher” while seeking to be “more empowering to students.”

     “Teacher” is a good and an honorable title, and it does not deserve to be discarded. Teachers are certainly learning facilitators, but not to the exclusion of their many other challenges.

     Hopefully RASD officials will reconsider their renaming idea!

— Dave Gray
733 Newbury St.

     To read the entire letter, see the Nov. 8, 2018 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.