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Response to teacher no laughing matter

We mine the Free Press archives for advice that still applies today (...or doesn’t)

From Mrs. Thompson Advises by Elizabeth Thompson, published in the Winnipeg Free press on Dec. 3, 1955

Dear Mrs. Thompson: I was surprised by your shrewd reply to Constant Reader. You wondered how anyone with so little courage could be a good teacher, or whether the letter was meant as a joke. I don't believe you have checked deeply into a problem like this or your answer would have been different.

I had this same problem when in high school, and believe me, it was far from being funny.

The principal and staff made life very miserable for the teacher involved after we finally got enough courage to appear in public, and you wouldn't have found any man with better conduct, which they were aware of.

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From Mrs. Thompson Advises by Elizabeth Thompson, published in the Winnipeg Free press on Dec. 3, 1955

Dear Mrs. Thompson: I was surprised by your shrewd reply to Constant Reader. You wondered how anyone with so little courage could be a good teacher, or whether the letter was meant as a joke. I don't believe you have checked deeply into a problem like this or your answer would have been different.

I had this same problem when in high school, and believe me, it was far from being funny.

Evelyn's Hair Dressing opened at 1102 Corydon Avenue in December of 1955. The location still houses a salon today. </p>

Evelyn's Hair Dressing opened at 1102 Corydon Avenue in December of 1955. The location still houses a salon today.

The principal and staff made life very miserable for the teacher involved after we finally got enough courage to appear in public, and you wouldn't have found any man with better conduct, which they were aware of.

He was given a choice between me or his job. He resigned and joined the Air Force.

Maybe things have changed since then but I doubt it. It is the shrewdness of your letter that prompted me to write.

If my husband had returned from overseas, I am sure he would write the same way.

— Disgusted

Dear Disgusted: I'm sorry if you think I was unkind. But conditions have changed a lot since the war years, and I can't imagine any teacher losing his job now because of friendship with a pupil.

Also, the use of the word "faculty" made me think this man taught in a college or university, where such friendships are taken quite calmly.

Even if stupid people such as you describe still exist, I think the suggestions I made would work.

 

 

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