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Letter: Teacher: a eulogy for education

Many desks were empty in this classroom at

Many desks were empty in this classroom at Valley Stream Memorial Junior High School as students opted out of taking the state's English Language Arts test Thursday, April 16, 2015. Tens of thousands on Long Island are expected to refuse the math tests, too. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Friends, colleagues, New Yorkers, lend me your ears. I've come to bury teachers, not praise them ["A teachable moment," Editorial, April 19]. The "noble" Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo hath told you that teachers were ineffective. If it were so, it were a grievous fault, and grievously hath teachers answered it. For Cuomo is an honorable man.

Come I to speak at education's funeral. Teachers are friendly, faithful and just. But Cuomo says they are ineffective and Cuomo is an honorable man.

Teachers spend countless hours planning, preparing and implementing new ways to inspire, motivate and educate children. Does this seem ineffective? Yet, Cuomo says teachers are ineffective, and yes, Cuomo is an honorable man.

When students needed extra help, guidance and advice, teachers listened. But Cuomo says teachers are ineffective and, sure, he is an honorable man.

I speak not to disapprove of what Cuomo said, but to speak of what I do know. You all had favorite teachers that you loved. What cause withholds you then to mourn for them?

O judgment! Albany is made up of brutish beasts, and politicians who have lost their reason. Bear with me. My heart is in the coffin there with education, and I must pause till it comes back to me.

Mike Stencel, St. James

Editor's note: The writer is a teacher.