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WSB-TV Atlanta News Story
Dear Mr. Holmes,
I am writing to you because I feel that it is necessary to address the letter you sent home with my child earlier this week. I am not pleased with the measures you took to teach your students; I expect so much more from an educator. You are supposed to be teaching my child about whatever the 8th grade standards are, not sending home inflammatory letters about taxing me for my child's education! I pay enough taxes already! There is a government shutdown happening right now, so we adults need to deal with that, NOT your sophomoric antics. Why wasn't I properly notified about this homework assignment? Why didn't you send home a note attached to the letter? Who checks email nowadays, anyway?! I haven't used my Yahoo account in so long, they suspended it.
I hope those students learned whatever lesson you were trying to teach. Another parent called the news station about this letter you sent home and I don't think she over-reacted at all! Maybe next time, you should just teach the lesson at school, and let them do a worksheet about it... or you could send the children home with their textbooks instead. Like Dana said, "If this is something they are trying to teach them about the American Revolution it should have stayed within the classroom."
This will prevent confusion in the future. Our students need to be taught what is going to be on the CRCT they take in April. They shouldn't be doing simulation assignments to see how grown adults would react after reading a silly letter about taxation and such! That's one of the problems in education today: teachers wasting time instead of teaching. I hope you take my advice into consideration the next time you want to do something so ill-conceived.
A Very Concerned and Satirical Parent