Posts Tagged ‘teacher unions
I am currently training to become a teacher here in Southern Nevada and I feel I must make some points. I don’t have problems with school teachers who do their job and have respect for their students. I’ve met many of them and I believe they are working for the right reasons. If I ultimately become a teacher, I won’t be like the idiots in Wisconsin.
Being that it’s sponsored by the local school district, politics inevitably becomes a part of the training. I have heard professors/instructors directly and indirectly bash Sharron Angle, Jim Gibbons and Brian Sandoval throughout the last year in the middle of a few lectures. The professors complain about funding and pay cuts, despite being given gobs of money for vain green projects, identity politics studies, bad sports teams and barely teaching at all (*cough* Dina Titus *cough*). One of the professors in my college moaned about budget cuts towards public employee pay in Nevada as “being taxes on 10% of Nevadans” and that every Nevadan should have their taxes raised instead. I’m sure there will be protests here. The Dems still have legislative majorities, but no longer the 2/3’s needed to override the Republican Governor.
Aside from trying to get rid of Harry Reid, our state is failing at other things. I believe Nevada is behind in education, because the university system is focusing on training teachers how to be social engineers. The administrators are mostly teachers who didn’t want to do all of the paperwork and planning that teachers must do, but get more pay. We have taxpayer funded lobbyists and a diversity department which are both useless leeches in our educational cesspool. Also, the new superintendent is some crook from Colorado.
As for the big issues in education, some professors can’t come up with any opinion on No Child Left Behind. They hate it (probably because of Bush), yet love it and talk about the transparency and accountability it provides (cliche, I know). They support total inclusion all the way for special ed students and are big on multiculturalism/pc. There is a consensus among the academic elite here that educational power standards should be left to the feds instead of the states. The expensive and non-refundable textbooks are pretty biased. The book, “Behavior Management: Applications for Teachers” cites socialist shrink BF Skinner as one of the greats in behavior science. The book even pushes for increased government funding for social welfare programs in one of it’s later chapters.
This seems pretty relevant to the issue of public education and what’s going on in Wisconsin. There’s something for everyone here and I hope people get involved in their own ways, in their home states, however they can to do something about this.
-Adam R., Las Vegas, NV
After lunch today, we went to the movies with our friend Althea and her two kids, Lil’ TJ and Niblet.
Althea homeschools her kids because she can’t afford to put them in private schools in Chicago (close to $10,000 a year, for each, when factoring in all the supplies, the transportation costs (not free busing, like with public school, the activities, the uniforms, the books, etc.) and the CPS system (run by party-boy and Mayor Daley’s pet, Ron Huberman). Our friend Abbey back in Ohio also homeschools her son, Lil’ Remy, and both of them run their own businesses from home so that they can educate their children much better than what the public schools would provide.
Every once in a while, some of us here do little freelance projects in CPS schools, where we conduct surveys for various companies that need market research done on the youth market. While we are in the schools, we are stunned by the opulence of the buildings (a $100,000 mural here…a $25,000 sculpture there…skylights, marble floors, holographic light displays, auditoriums that would make some Broadway theaters jealous) and the ineptitude of almost every member of the teaching staff we’ve met.
There are a lot of stupid people in this world — people who seem, to us anyway, that they’re in danger of drowning every time it rains. A good many of these fools work in the Chicago Public School system, as educators. All of them are tenured. None of them can ever be fired. Watching them teach classes is like watching Texas Instruments speak-n-says from the 80s lecture to a class. They are robotic, with their verbiage programmed to be as politically correct as possible, praising everything the students do as “excellent” so as not to hurt Deante, DerNoshante, and Jamertankpte’s feelings.
When everything is “excellent”, nothing is.
“Waiting for Superman” is a film about how terrible the American school system has been since the 1970s, when two things happened:
(1) Teachers unions took over
(2) Politically correctness and the Leftist agenda infiltrated the education system
We’ll add a third item: the 1970s was when conservatives ceded the school boards in every state to the Left, because conservatives “had jobs, had families, and were just too busy to sit on a board”.
In the film, an educator named Geoggrey Canada narrates a thorough look at the problems facing every school district in the country. They can be traced to two sources:
(1) The Department of Education, which should be abolished
(2) Teachers’ Unions, which should be abolished
The reason the unions must go is because they protect bad teachers.
Canada calls this “the lemonhead dance”, which is named “the turkey trot”, “the idiot switch”, and “pass the trash” in other states. This is where tenured teachers can never be fired, so one school just moves the worst teacher to another school at the end of the year, and that school has to take “a lemon” from somewhere else for a year. These people can’t be fired, but the principals get to trade their failures for what they hope is a less-terrible teacher.
The unions prevent these firings.
In New York City, the teachers’ unions cost the city $100 million a year because teachers who are so bad that they are not allowed in classrooms get to receive 100% of their pay and benefits if they spend 7 hours a day in what amounts to adult day care: it’s called “the rubber room” and it’s a place where they go to read newspapers, draw in coloring books, tell stories, play cards, and sleep while their cases are waiting review by the union. The union keeps a three year backlog on hearings, so that their dues-paying members continue to pay those dues while the cases against them are decided.
By the time they are up for review, whatever students were involved in complaints against them have graduated, moved on, disappeared, or forgotten about whatever the complaint was about in the first place. Then, after this stint in “the rubber room”, these clowns are put back into the system at another school, where most likely the same thing will happen again.
Only 1/2500 teachers ever lose their accredidation. Compare that to 1/57 doctors or 1/97 lawyers (like the Obamas) who lose their professional licenses for one reason or another (including gross incompetence).
There are, in fact, only 38 teachers in the state of Illinois who have been fired since the 1970s. The unions are responsible for that.
The film deals a lot with Michelle Rhee in the DC public school system, who was brought in as superintendent after her predecessors all gave up because the unions made reform impossible. One of these former superintendents was a former Marine Lt. General who surrendered after 18 months because he said dealing with the unions was “a living Hell”.
The unions prevented Rhee from firing bad teachers and principals and cracking the system so she could make the changes that were necessary.
This happens in every school district across the country.
Because the teachers’ unions give 90% of their contribution to the Democrat Party, Democrats use the Department of Education to strengthen the teachers’ unions and to hamper efforts on the state and local level to bring about the changes the students need.
It’s just one of myriad reasons the Department of Education needs to be abolished — the way President Reagan wanted to do in the 1980s (it was Jimmy Carter who created this beast).
People, please go see this movie…in theaters. It’s just heartbreaking.
The schools in some cities, like Chicago, are so terrible that families have to pin their hopes on winning a lottery to score a seat in a school that’s not run by people who are completely inept.
No one should have to stake a child’s future on luck.
Charter schools work much better than public ones because the teachers there are not unionized, so bad teachers can actually be fired, and good teachers can receive merit pay for high performance (merit pay is NOT allowed in the unionized public schools).
One of the goals of the Tea Party movement should be to destroy the labor unions. All of them.
They are the single greatest reason the public school system is such a disaster.
We believe they are a similar disaster in every sector of our lives where unions are prevalent.
Unions are also the hired muscle and the financial lifeblood of the Democrat Party, so taking the unions down means dealing a death blow to the DNC.
Can this ever happen?
We don’t really know — because the unions are so entrenched and so powerful.
But, if ever there was a time for it, it’s right now.
With so many people struggling, the unions’ complaints and demands are now falling on deaf ears, especially when peopel see what a cushy life union members enjoy…and feel entitled to.
Chris Christie has declared war on the teacher’s union in New Jersey. We’d love to see Jan Brewer do the same in Arizona, and Nikki Haley get on this when she’s elected Governor of South Carolina. Every single Republican Governor nationwide should go Chris Christie on their state’s labor unions.
There is no downside to this.
The unions back the Democrats anyway, so it’s not like the Republicans are going to alienate anyone by doing this.
Highlighting the graft, corruption, and incompetence of the unions is a winning strategy for Republicans because it shows parents the GOP is ready and able to do something — SOMETHING — to try to improve education for their children. The unions care about cushy protections for incompetent adults…it’s time conservatives branded themselves as champions for the children.
We need someone to do to the teachers’ unions what Upton Sinclair did to the meat industry in The Jungle.
We really need the horrors of the unions exposed…especially since the unions are so in bed with the communist and socialist agitators in this country, as they proved they were this past Saturday with that “One Nation” march.
We’re just sick and tired of this garbage…and we want to make this an issue HillBuzz pushes in the weeks, months, and years ahead. Not only will it be a winning one for conservatives, but any success we have will further harm Democrats at their fundraising and goon squad cores…all while HELPING CHILDREN GET BETTER EDUCATIONS.
Not every parent can run their own businesses from home like Althea and Abbey, and not everyone can send their children to private schools the way our own parents did.
But ALL OF US, every regular daily reader here, can DO SOMETHING to become an everliving thorn in the unions’ sides.
Together we can eventually stir up our own local communities against the unions…and maybe even get a good number of you elected to school boards so you can bust unions in a bureaucratic capacity.
What think you?