Good teachers

Your June 12 editorial on “The best teachers” had many good points about flexibility, union issues, etc.

But it implied something that is simply not true.

That is the idea that a person of strong math background in education, industry, even editing a math text makes him or her a good teacher.

Not so.

It has more to do with attitude, the ability to get a reluctant learner involved and an understanding of why individual students “don’t get it” so the misunderstanding can be remedied.

Those people are the best teachers.

We’ve all had teachers who are brilliant in their fields and couldn’t possibly convey the information in a classroom.

Thomas Eiermann, Tinley Park