As a former teacher I was highly offended by Peter Day's commentary "Homeschoolers wanted for public education bailout" . It displays the kind of ignorance of the subject that I constantly see from Steve Williams in the Daily Press. I have come to expect better from Mr. Day and the Star.


Every teacher I have ever known has been a selfless, dedicated individual doing the very best they can to give our children a quality education despite constant opposition from ignorant parents and know nothing politicians and media pundits. I'm sick and tired of seeing teachers, and the unions that represent them, vilified by people with no clue of what they are talking about.


The claim that our public schools are only interested in collecting ADA money is an outright lie, an unforgivable insult against every man and woman in this country that have committed their lives to teaching our children. Furthermore, Mr. Day's attempts to portray the likes of Jefferson, Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, MacArthur, Patton and even Monet, da Vinci and Mozart, men who lived in times where access to public education was limited at best, as examples of home schooling successes are truly laughable. Does he really hold the intelligence of his readers in such low regard? Again, that sounds like something Steve Williams would say.


It appears to me that those promoting home schooling and vouchers do so because their personal political and religious beliefs are not being taught to our children as fact. When I look at some of the things these people believe it frightens me to think that this is what they are teaching their kids.


I would strongly suggest that Mr. Day take some time to volunteer as a classroom aide in any of the fine public schools here in the High Desert. This would give him an opportunity to see for himself what really goes on in our schools so that the next time he writes a commentary about education he would be able to speak from knowledge instead of ignorance.