Columbia, SC — Cindi Ross Scoppe correctly notes that bad math teachers can cause long-term problems for students (“The cost of one bad teacher,” April 23). She goes on to argue that teachers should have less job security, and should be easier to fire.
But she undercuts her argument when she offers almost no substantive criticism of her education, and instead launches into a bizarre rant about her calculus teacher’s appearance. This suggests that math teachers should have more job security, not less. Would you want Ms. Scoppe to have the authority to fire you?
Graduate students teach calculus at the University of South Carolina, and prospective college students should know that we take great pride in the high quality of their teaching. But beware: We do allow them to dress like hippies.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics