In response to “Teacher Bashing Not OK” (Dec. 26 – Jan. 1), it’s ironic that the writer who opposes teacher bashing bashed parents by writing that parents are not disciplining or supporting their children, and not assisting teachers in raising the next generation. First of all, when it comes to raising the next generation, it is the teachers who are assisting the parents – not the reverse. Additionally, to suggest that parents who are divorced or working multiple jobs are becoming “less impactful in kids’ lives” shows a startling prejudice. Parents and teachers do need to work cooperatively for the benefit of the next generation, so let’s work on the problems respectfully. In closing, I am grateful for unions when they stand up for fair pay, good working conditions, etc. But let’s be serious, unions do not “ensure that teachers can do their jobs.” Principals should be doing that but unions protect both good and incompetent teachers and that is a big problem.