Originally created 12/13/00

Teaching assistants serve vital role 121300 - The Augusta Chronicle



It has come to my attention that the Richmond County Board of Education is planning to dismiss teachers' assistants in the 2001-2002 school year.

For those who don't know the benefits of having a teacher's assistant in elementary schools, let me explain. These assistants play a vital role in the learning environment. They help maintain order, work with students who may need individual help and add creativity in crafts and regular class assignments.

The teachers don't have to stop and make other students wait while they give individual help to a student. If we allow the board of education to remove these teaching assistants, this is exactly what will happen.

I, for one, don't want my kids to be held up or hold other students up while the teacher is giving individual help to a student or doing some other task that an assistant used to do.

I urge parents of children in Richmond County schools to contact school board representatives and ask them to not take away from our children's educations.

Jeff Key, Augusta