Letter to the editor: Letter writer off base

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Letter writer off base

My name is Kyle Lewis, and among other things, I am a high school student in Douglas County. I was dismayed to read Smith Young’s Jan. 31 letter to the editor, in which he claims that “there are a host of socialist teachers we would be better off unloading.” Mr. Young was writing with regard to a liberal tweet from Douglas County teacher Michelle Grissom.

As someone experiencing the Douglas County School District first-hand, I find that it is his claim, not the free political expression with which he so vehemently disagrees, that is repugnant. His claim runs contrary to the American creed, which holds that any individual may believe as they wish without punishment. It runs contrary to the facts of my student experience, where I have never found a teacher trying to promote their political agenda. His claim runs contrary to the spirit of a good education, something that when achieved includes educators of all stripes.

While the actions of the individual to whom he refers were questionable, they are not representative of all teachers, and certainly not grounds for an ideological purge. In contrast to Mr. Young’s claim, I would like to voice my appreciation for teachers in Douglas County, who work tirelessly and professionally to ensure that their students receive an unbiased education.

Kyle Lewis

Castle Rock

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