DON’T DECREASE THE PAY OF THE TEACHERS.
To the Editor of the Kuokoa, Aloha oe:—Please allow me some space in your newspaper for my humble thoughts dealing with the salary of teachers and the age at which children of the public should attend school.
It is wrong to cut the teachers’ pay because a well-educated teacher has a gift from God; it is not something readily gotten. And our children will be hurt should we let those teachers go and employ teachers for little pay.
The children of the people should be enrolled in school when they turn six (6) years of age. For there are many women who assist their husbands by endeavoring to take care of the many duties for the good of the family. And they are not able to care for and keep their children from the harm of the streets! As for the Chinese and the Japanese, they are fine. They have schools and their children are kept from wandering about.
I beseech all of you leaders who make Laws and who regulate public funds, do think carefully about these thoughts written above.
For knowledge is the backbone of man and his nation; it is the basis for fame and wealth.
Consider that the income of the majority of the Hawaiians is limited, and they are counting on the light of education for their children. The plantations of the old days are not to be reached out for, for those days are past. So all of you, please put effort into the schools, and don’t feel hesitant in investing more.
MRS. A. A. MONTANO.
Honolulu, Malaki 22, 1909.
[Times have changed. Hopefully we learn from the past…
This letter is written by famed composer, Mary Jane Kekulani Montano.]
(Kuokoa, 3/26/1909, p. 4)