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18 February, 2010
Rat Fink

DISLCAIMER: I hate on FOX News and CNN in equal measure. In fact, I hate all network/cable news. There is no such thing as unbiased TV news reporting anymore. The end.

The topic is completely incendiary, and I can see both sides. From an edu-political standpoint, I find the union guy’s comments somewhat simplistic, if not circular:

We don’t protect bad teachers. We protect teachers’ rights.”

Um, ok.

Really though, I’m interested in your comments. Having been both a parent and a teacher, it’s sticky. Maybe some of my colleagues who usually just lurk (and you know who you are) will weigh in, but I’m interested in where everyone stands. BoomR is on the high seas, so I doubt he’ll see this for awhile, but I’m sure he will have something to add. How bout it, fiends?

PS – just found this video link on a friend’s Facebook profile. Hysterical!
The Beatles – 1,000 Years Later

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Greg
Greg
18 February, 2010 10:32 am

This is indeed a very tricky situation. I don’t know what the “full letter of the law” states but it could have other ramifications as well. If, as the report states, the majority of parents can remove individual teachers on “educational grounds,” what if the schools have finanacial problems? Could the parents have the decision to remove teachers whom they deem to be “financial drains” upon the system? And we know which are the common targets for that! Though I belonged to the teacher’s union for 35 years, I wasn’t a big union fan. As a building rep, I saw… Read more »

Kodye
Kodye
18 February, 2010 12:20 pm

I know this has nothing to do with what today’s blog is about, but I heard this news and you were the first person I thought of. Today the Cleveland Indians will have a press conference announcing that after this season Mark Shapairo will be promoted from GM to Team President. Only a backwards ran team like the Indians promote someone for doing terrible. He destroyed the farm system, then the team, then traded TWO Cy Young winners in back to back seasons… and now he get’s promoted. Things like this are why I say I will never again be… Read more »

Suzanne
19 February, 2010 7:50 am

Yeesh I’ve written 2 replies to this and can’t seem to make it Articulate and Compendious! LOL Must have been my American schooling *ducking* HA.

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Rat Fink Reply:

Well 3rd time is the charm, Suz! What do you think of parents making that kind of choice? IMO, they’d have to have an *awfully* convincing data set to prove it…

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Stein
Stein
19 February, 2010 5:34 pm

I find this law to be completely ridiculous. Can more than half of a particular student’s teachers sign a petition to remove that child from his parents? Education STARTS in the homes. I agreed in part with most of this until the man’s comments right at the end of the video. “And now, finally, the teachers and principals will have to listen to the parents.” That was not the issue beforehand. I would argue to say that most of the issue with students passing and failing certain things is based on the cooperation from the parent/guardian in their home lives.… Read more »

Sam
Sam
19 February, 2010 8:36 pm

http://tinyurl.com/ykkhv2q

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Rat Fink Reply:

Wow! Great story, great find. Thanks Samuel. I hope you can get some rest this weekend so you’ll feel better.

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BoomR
BoomR
21 February, 2010 2:33 am

Oh, lordy… that scares the buh-zeebas out of me… Whenever I’d have chronic problems with a kid in my class, a call or conference with the parent was a BIG light bulb moment as to why the kid behaved the way he/she did. I never had the guts to ever say this to a parent, but MAN, dontcha just want to say: “Um… no offense, but are you this child’s PARENT, or just a grown-up that lives in the same home??” In my last couple years of teaching middle school music, I did a random tally of the amount of… Read more »