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Letter: How to fix the employee shortage at our nation's schools

"Stop thinking educators are supposed to be perfect people and be responsible for every aspect of a student's life," writes Ellen Dunn of Fargo.

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The educator — as well as other school employees such as bus drivers and support staff — shortage can be solved very simply.

Pay them more. Respect them. Support them. Let them do the work they were trained to do. Stop criticizing. Decrease responsibilities and stop thinking they work only nine months a year. They work all year long, increasing their knowledge base or working a second job.

They are encouraged to get a Master's degree, which is very expensive. The financial gain may never be worth the expense.

Stop thinking educators are supposed to be perfect people and be responsible for every aspect of a student's life. Priests, doctors, politicians and parents are not perfect people. Don't expect perfection from teachers.

Maybe if we all said the Pledge of Allegiance every morning when we get up, we would all be perfect.

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It's common sense: pay them more and treat them with respect.

Ellen Dunn is a resident of Fargo.

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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