Letters to the Editor – September 9

A letter writer says the Ministry of Education should hire teachers with passion. Picture: FT FILE

Political choices

I believe people should make their decision based on which party will reduce the high cost of living.

Dan Urai, Lautoka

Noble profession

Teaching, it has been said, is the most noble profession of all.

Because it creates all other professions.

Today, teachers seem to be harassed.

I remember when teachers were respected.

But I read that in today’s school system the students right is paramount.

I married a teacher.

I am one of the best students in the world.

Allen Lockington, Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Trues up

I agree a full 100 per cent with Simon Hazelman that “MPs should never be in it to benefit themselves” ( FT 8/9 ).

I am sure Fiji is blessed with not having MPs who benefit themselves.

In Australia, we have quite a few of that variety.

Rajend Naidu, Sydney, Australia

Teacher’s job

IT was 3am and Chicago High School teacher Lashonda Carter saw a Facebook message pop up from her former student.

Larresha Plummer, 18, had given birth three weeks earlier.

She said she hadn’t eaten in days and was running low on formula for her infant.

She needed help getting to a job fair the following morning.

Things sounded desperate.

“I told her I’d be there in the morning. Send me the address,” posted Carter.

Several hours later, Carter had picked up Larresha, dropped her off at the job fair, and was sitting in her car with Larresha’s baby girl, Taliyah.

Carter cuddled the infant and fed her, and then she decided to make a Facebook Live video.

“I’m holding a baby in my arms. This is not my baby…Sometimes, as a teacher, our job goes beyond the classroom,” Carter begins.

“… This is the part most people don’t know that educators do. It’s another part of being an educator that I don’t think people ever see.”

The video, with her heartfelt sentiment and her expansive idea of being a high school teacher, has gotten a lot of attention on Facebook.

Andee Nelson commented: “You are an amazing human being. Thank you for being an angel among us. You rock!”

Joseph Hall commented: “Your one of the best teachers on Earth a child could ask for. You have gone above and beyond. Thank you.”

Carter had dropped her plans for that day and made child-care arrangements for her own 10-year-old daughter so she could give Larresha a hand.

On the video, she asked her “village” to please donate clothes, diapers or other items for the baby.

She said she would pick them up and deliver them to her former student.

“She’s a young teenage mom, and she needs some help,” Carter says in the video, as she looks down and coos at the baby.

“I want my previous student to know she can be successful even though she’s a teenage mother. A teenage mother does not equal failure.”

After the job fair, which took about an hour, Carter took Larresha to get some food and look into benefits through the Women Infant Children program.

Larresha said she was not able to live with her own mother, who had medical problems, and was deeply grateful for her former teacher’s help.

“I knew nobody else was going to take me,” Larresha said of the job fair, adding that the baby’s father, who is 17, works at UPS and wasn’t available to help.

“During my pregnancy, nobody was helping me but her. She never fails me.”

Since Carter’s video went big, Larresha has received several job offers, as well as clothes and supplies for Taliyah.

She also started a GoFundMe page.

“I knew she needed help,” Carter said.

“I’m a single mom; I struggle even on a teacher’s salary. I’d do this for all my students. If my kids need me, I’m there. Teaching goes beyond the classroom. The world is the classroom.”

So what is the point of the story?

Only a dedicated teacher will understand.

And the Ministry of Education should hire teachers with this kind of passion.

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