Re "Veteran teachers are valuable" and "Senior teachers care" (Letters, Sept. 6): Kudos to Paul Nicholas and Nina Vigil for their letters challenging Mr. Breton's disparaging attitude toward veteran teachers. I'm so tired of all the rhetoric that new, young teachers are better than more experienced, veteran teachers.
Let's be clear about new teachers: They don't have the patience of a more experienced teacher, nor do they demonstrate commitment since at least half will leave the profession in less than five years. They are less expensive, that's all. My children have had only veteran teachers in the few years that they have been in school, and their teachers are worth every dime of their salary. I don't want my children in the classroom of someone who is still figuring out how to teach, and may or may not be there the next year. Veteran teachers have demonstrated their commitment and their excellence.
-- Bridget Whitted, Folsom