In response to Joe Aliotta of Bradenton (Letters, Oct. 3), who appreciates his mechanic and clerk, and wants to know what is different between them and a teacher.
Well, to start with, if your car needs a special alignment or extra work to fix a brake shoe, your mechanic presents you with a special quote for the extra work and expects you to pay.
The teacher of your child, on the other hand, will figure out if extra work with your child is needed, and will do that work without extra charge, regardless of the extra time and paperwork required.
Your mechanic might not even work on your car at all, depending on its model.
Your teacher will teach your child no matter what model or year.
Your mechanic will fix a problem, and when something else breaks, will gladly charge you to fix that as well.
A teacher will teach your child now, will teach your child later ... and again later if necessary, for no extra charge.
Finally, your car will never, ever stop in a parking lot and greet your mechanic. Would you really trust your child to a mechanic?