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EDUCATION: Kitna sets example for others

Letter by Norm Eklund, Puyallup on Sep. 10, 2012 at 1:54 pm with 4 Comments »
September 10, 2012 2:31 pm

It was uplifting to read John McGrath’s column about Jon Kitna, the new football coach and math teacher at Lincoln High School (TNT, 9-7). What a sterling example the former NFL player sets for his students and players.

Contrast that to the reprehensible conduct exhibited by a teacher in the Peninsula School District (editorial, 8-31). He not only allowed bullying in his classroom, but apparently took part in it.

Two quotes come to mind:

“The aim of education is the knowledge not of fact, but of values” –  William Inge.

“The secret of education is respecting the pupil” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Thankfully Kitna recognizes these truths. Others should follow his example.

Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. Frankenchrist says:

    Republicans hate teachers like John Kitna.

  2. alindasue says:

    Frankenchrist,
    Must every issue be an us against them, Republican/Democrat issue?
    A good teacher is a good teacher, regardless of political affiliation.

  3. lylelaws says:

    The best example of what John Kitna is all about was exemplified by the fact that he honered his former math teacher, Cookie Kitzman, by inviting her to be his guest when his team came to Seattle.

    I worked with Cookie for several years. She is a wonderful person, and being honered like that would be like getting a Nobel Prize for any teacher.

    John is a man of class who is coming home to his roots, and I wish him all the best.

  4. BigSwingingRichard says:

    John Kitna is most likely a good coach and an inspirational leader and he can impact a lot of young men in a positive way.

    As to what kind of teacher he is; he was recently hired and has not even taught a single full year, so I’d say this still needs to be determined.

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