This dedicated educator of two decades takes umbrage with the Post's assertion that, "If Maryland teachers are unable to ensure that their students meet these minimal standards, then they aren't doing their job" ["Raise the Stakes," editorial, June 11].

This statement dishonors countless educators who, often at tremendous personal sacrifice, toil in unforgiving circumstances in the simple hope of making a difference in the lives of children.

Rare is the teacher who willfully leaves any child behind. However, every teacher has experienced the anguish of teaching children who, for reasons too numerous to list here, simply refuse to keep up.

Many of those children spend their entire educational careers in overcrowded classrooms experiencing only the diluted attention of hopelessly overworked teachers. Their teachers may not have textbooks, and the reference materials in the school library may not reflect the fall of the Berlin Wall. Their teachers may create up-to-date materials but not have a photocopier to reproduce them.

What miracles would The Post have mere mortals perform? Let's stop looking at teachers as scapegoats!

If anyone is guilty of failing to educate all children, it is a society that, 50 long years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision, continues to allow the existence of separate and unequal educational facilities for the economically disadvantaged.

KENNETH B. HAINES

Beltsville