Re "Brave teacher remembered" (Page A1, Oct. 23): I am a teacher who can imagine any of my colleagues doing what he did because they do laudable things every day.
I wonder how a society that shrugs at school violence and frequently mocks Landsberry's profession is still worthy of him.
I once heard author David Halberstam note that we live in a culture in which the scientist, the teacher, and the A student are nerds who foil the Great American anti-hero. Frequently, modern cartoons and movies portray teachers as small manipulative buffoons. That is clearly self-destructive.
My serious students who are often first generation Americans, or exchange students, register amazement at how many young Americans waste their education. Truthfully, the good Sgt. Landsberry, may he rest in peace, and my dear colleagues are dishonored until we fix that.
-- Greg V. Hill, Sacramento