Thoughts at 5 p.m.

11 March, 2009
Rat Fink

So my 4:45 didn’t show up. I will write instead, while I have a short break.

As many of you know, I am not a fan of the teacher union, although I do see some good they work in certain circumstances.

Still, I’m of the opinion that teachers should be professionals OR organized labor — not both. Choose one. Because the differences are substantial, and like it or not, bad teachers are protected by the current set-up. That’s what Obama wants to root out.

I wonder what the NEA is thinking right now, since they basically held him up as the flippin’ Second Coming. Truth be told, I like what he said about cleaning up public education. Many teachers want to be treated and paid like their professional private-sector counterparts, but they also want to be protected and spoken for like unionized factory workers. I have a big problem with that, and I have years and years of union meetings (and their accompanying standoffs, explosions and rhetoric) to back me up.

Feh.

I just had spaghetti for dinner. Now I have another rehearsal. Remember what I always say about my life being a friggin’ party? Yeah…..

FO

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Stein
Stein
11 March, 2009 7:50 pm

Keep those hilarious pictures on your white board some time…..

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Greg
Greg
11 March, 2009 11:10 pm

“Right standards and right measurements…”–sounds like a lot of additional paperwork for someone. I was not a big union fan either–and I was a building rep for a few years and got out of that situation! I also remember years when I was making LESS than the previous year when salary increases didn’t match the increase in union dues. As far as merit pay is concerned, I don’t know what kind of “yardstick” could be used to measure each teacher but I’m pretty certain that an administrator who dislikes a teacher, for whatever reason, would find a way to stop… Read more »