Former colleague stands up for Jim Skvorc’s teaching methods |

Former colleague stands up for Jim Skvorc’s teaching methods

Jon Kreamelmeyer, retired teacher, Summit School District, Frisco

I was saddened to read Mr. Bruce Beerup’s hateful attack letter April 3 on teacher Jim Skvorc accusing him of brainwashing students at Summit High School and advocating his removal from the classroom.

Mr. Beerup, have you taken the time to observe Mr. Skvorc teaching, or do you have any children who have been taught by Mr. Skvorc to substantiate your accusations? Is your opinion based solely on reading Jim’s letter to the editor?

Jim Skvorc was a colleague of mine at Summit High, and my son had the good fortune to be enrolled in his American history class while attending high school.

Although it was several years ago, I remember a comment my son made to me about his history teacher. He said, “You may or may not like Mr. Skvorc, but he challenges his students to think and to analyze. He is fair and nonjudgmental.”

If a student uttered those words about my teaching, I would have embraced it as a compliment.

From my own point of view as a fellow teacher, I had several opportunities to work with Jim in conjunction with my students in the L.E.A.P program.

I always found Jim to be professional with a well-behaved, stimulating classroom. He is an intellectual educator who truly cares about his students. He should be commended, not chastised.

I came across a quote a few days back by H.H. the Dalai Lama that may serve us all well.

“It is necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives. If we find we cannot help others, the least we can do is desist from harming them.”

Mr. Beerup, if we as a people truly believed and practiced this thought, then possibly there would be no need to attack one another, or another country.

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