Any parent that has been following the Philip Moon (Mountain Pointe
teacher) versus Sarah Nelson (former teacher) and Eric Day (New School for the Arts and Academics teacher) saga should be very worried about their child's education.
Reading the responses to Moon's letter ("So much for Obama's promises, AFN, Oct. 27) has me very worried about our children's future. First, both Nelson ("Setting the record straight," AFN, Nov. 10) and Day ("In defense of good writing," AFN, Nov. 10) slam Moon for lack of data and omissions. Ironically, both their responses are riddled with omissions and lack of evidence. Nelson and Day claim that during the two years of the Obama administration that the deficit has been reduced. Wonderful, except Moon never mentions the deficit.
He points to "skyrocketing the national debt," which is different than the federal deficit. So they slam Moon for something he didn't even say. Do Day and Nelson not know the difference between debt and a deficit? If not, pretty scary. If so, they purposely switched the topic from the national debt to the national deficit in order to mislead the reader. Are they now misleading our children?
Both also slam Moon for his opinion on Obamacare. Nelson uses the analogy of being forced to buy car insurance as the same as being forced to buy health insurance. I guess Nelson doesn't understand that car insurance is regulated by the state and has constitutional authority to do so. The Constitution does not give authority to the federal government to force individuals to purchase anything. I guess that omission was just an oversight. Nelson also states: "If we are going to protect people's health, we all have to get on board.
It's called caring for each other." Really? Forcing someone to buy something is the way one "cares" for another? What's next, telling me what I can and cannot eat? Oh wait, that is already happening. I need to make sure I use facts: New York City ban on trans fats, Chicago's ban of foie gras. If this is Nelson's philosophy, I don't want her protection or her teachings.
Day tries to use his change of subject trick again when slamming Moon on health care. Day goes from discussion of the bill itself to poll results showing that 56 percent favored health care reform. Once again, the specific health care bill and general health care reform are two different things. I want health care reform, but I don't want Obamacare. According to Day and his evidence, 56 percent of the people wanted Obamacare. Day states: "It surprises me that a newspaper like AFN publishes such fact-free arguments. It disturbs me more that an educator would resort to the rhetorical strategies of the ill-informed." So, it's wrong to print "fact-free" information, but OK to print information that purposely misleads the reader? Moon may have overlooked some facts, but Day distorts them. These are your children's teachers.
I find it really scary that a former teacher would state that she "finds it shocking and sad that a high school teacher in our community could be so woefully uninformed, yet so willing to show it to the world!" and then goes on to do the same exact same thing she criticizes.
Nelson is right; we should read and ask questions. I suggest we start with our educational system and the teachers that educate our children.
Kevin Seplowitz is a resident of Ahwatukee Foothills.