I disagree with your Nov. 3 editorial that found fault with the Glendale Teachers Assn. I praise them for their principled decision; it could not have been an easy one for them to make. Teachers are the invaluable asset in the effort to foster an informed society that can function in a fair-minded, civil and democratic manner.
My 13-plus years as a Glendale Unified parent have been memorable. I have consistently witnessed the steadfast dedication, effective skills, creativity and resourcefulness of the dozens of teachers in our local elementary, middle and high schools who taught my sons on a wide range of subjects, from physical education to physics. With rare exception, each teacher regularly put heart and soul — and untold “extra hours” — into her or his efforts in the classroom. In a sense, these professionals are my coparents; I could never thank them enough. And, from what I have heard from other families, my sons’ teachers are not unique in GUSD; they are the norm.