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I feel compelled to respond to Mr. Bernstein's viewpoint, "Is OPRF High School worth its weight in gold?" [Viewpoints, Jan. 9] with an enthusiastic Yes!
I have two sons at OPRF: a freshman and a senior. Our experience at the high school has been very positive. Both sons have had excellent teachers. My eldest is well prepared for college and will likely have at least one semester of college completed when he graduates, having taken several AP courses. This will allow him to either pick up a minor or take classes required for medical school that would not be required for his degree, all while graduating in four years instead of five.
Since we didn't have to send him to a private school to get the high-quality education he has received at OPRF, we have four additional years of savings for college.
Outside of the classroom, both boys have been involved in the music program, which I can't say enough about. The bands and orchestras are led by true professionals who put their heart into what they do. Mr. Bernstein should really take in a performance some day to see the amazing talent these teachers bring out of these kids.
I was a substitute teacher at OPRF for a couple of years, and I can say that it is a challenging place to teach. I saw the notice in Wednesday Journal indicating how much the teachers make and I felt no urge to run out and get my teaching certification. We can't take a Walmart approach to everything in our lives.
My experience with OPRF, as a parent and as someone who worked there for a short time, is that the teachers are well worth what they are paid.