WHAT OUR COUNTRY NEEDS
From what she said in her letter [“Spotlight Grads in Education,” Spring 2011], Lisa Klenn ’06 is a passionate and dedicated teacher, and she raises a very good point. She eloquently writes, “I love it. I have extremely high expectations for my students, and they rise to the challenge. I measure my success by the excitement for learning that I’ve instilled in them and seeing their progress in their academics.”
Hooray! Lisa is what our country needs if we are going to compete with the rest of the world, which recognizes the critical importance of education. She goes on to say, “I hope Lafayette will recognize and profile the achievements of graduates in the educational fields.” I couldn’t agree more. I cannot recall education being more scrutinized or receiving greater attention.
I am not an educator by profession, but have dedicated my life to helping children achieve in school for the past 13 years. I think it is ironic that Lisa graduated 50 years after me.
—Alan Pesky ’56
WHERE’S THE GAMBIA?
Your feature on Ambassador Marcia Bloom Bernicat ’75 [“Madame Ambassador,” Spring 2011] was of interest to me; I was raised in the Foreign Service and spent much of my youth in various African countries. Whatever the college’s desire to assuage the tension that might have arisen between Ambassador Bernicat and the Senegalese President Abdoulayé Wadé, it does not warrant Lafayette’s excessive generosity in awarding to Senegal the fully independent country of The Gambia. I refer of course to the map of “Senegal” on page 10.
—Hendrik G. van Oss ’76
U.S. Geological Survey
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