Seventeen years ago I had the opportunity to teach and coach at Long Beach Poly for one year. The kids were full of life and expectations and truly did feel a part of something special--and so did I. The lessons I learned about multicultural diversity have served me well in my career as a teacher, a high school principal and, now, a middle school principal. The raggedy old LB Poly baseball cap that I still wear is in tatters, but at least my kids have an idea why I have for so long been proud to mow my lawn in that hat.
John J. Gebert, Everett, Wash.
As a teacher I was disgusted to read about the amount of money Texas spends on athletic facilities (The $20 Million Stadium Boom, May 16). It helps explain why teacher pay in the state is $6,000 below the national average.
Chris DeYonke, Anchorage
While Texans spend $180 million for better high school football stadiums, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that Texas has the lowest percentage of high school graduation in the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that Texas has the second-highest rate of teen pregnancies in America. And Department of Justice statistics reveal that Texas has the highest percentage of its population behind bars. But at least the stadiums are shiny.
Atman Shah, Los Angeles
I am so tired of reading that no one notices the absence of NHL hockey, as you wrote in your May 16 Who's Hot, Who's Not list. Just because the media doesn't miss it, doesn't mean the fans do not. I miss it tremendously.
Carolyn Smolinski, Tampa
In the Red