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Letter: Carrots, not sticks for school growth

New York City rated less than 10 percent

New York City rated less than 10 percent of its teachers "highly effective" in the latest round of state-required job evaluations this year, compared with nearly 60 percent of teachers across the rest of New York, according to a report issued Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

It's refreshing to read a positive message, not a blame game, about teaching ["Expert help for at-risk schools," News, July 27].

This makes sense: building trust between teachers and principals, giving teachers support and confidence to be open without fear of retribution, creating collegiality and esprit de corps.

A carrot is more nutritious for school growth than a stick.

Irwin Kahn, East Meadow

Editor's note: The writer is a retired teacher.