(quote) Mike-905381 said: Paul,
The above statement is a guess, at best. I find it divisive and unhelpful to the discussion. Stick to the facts that you have - you are upset at the NEA for their support of sex offenders. We are as well. Can you not recognize that Karen and I are looking for a little support for the good people in our local unions. Since you don't work with our unions, please take our word since we work closely with these good people.
What are you hoping for? You want local unions to dissolve? If you say, "Yes," then at least I'll understand your argument and can respect it as a difference of opinions. If you say, "No," then I'm not sure why you're debating a point you are not qualified to debate.
Do you agree that perhaps we can make a change in the system by being part of that system? And maybe the system at our local level just might be filled with good people who disagree with the NEA? (And want to work to change things) I would think that you could concede that point, offer a little support for good teachers and good union members, and STILL be in line with the original message of Jerry's post. How about it?
You know, ours is a battered profession. We hear it all the time, and it gets tiring.
My only point is that to think none of your local leadership or none of the money either in dues or extracted from you and your fellow teachers supports and funds this egregious nonsense is the height of naivete.
I support anyone who is truly trying to make a difference, even if the only thing they are doing is keeping their nose to the grindstone trying yo do the best job possible. If they can, in addition, make even a minor start towards making a change in the system, more power to them.
Although it is true that teaching is a battered profession, it is also true that the profession has brought it on themselves.
Teachers who make the most important difference in anyone's life, those toiling at the elementary level, are the lowest paid and least appreciated.
The unions fight mightily to protect all teachers even those who should be dropped like hot potatoes for their incompetence and lack of ability. Except for the very top administrators in school districts, all other administrators are members of the same union. And in most cases when teacher-student ratios are calculated they are included as teachers, which thereby lowers the ratio when in fact the teachers doing the actual teaching are overwhelmed by the numbers. And the unions are silent about this jimmying of the system.
Th unions fight merit pay. I coiuld go on and on. And any indiividual teacher or group of teachers fighting this has my undying gratitude. But they are strictly a minority. If not in your particular case, that would be one of the very rare exceptions in the whole nation.
So, no I don't know the particulars in your case, but my wife was a teacher for over 30 years. I worked for the State Auditors office doing fiscal and legal compliance audits of educational institutions. so I intimately familiar with all the nonsense from inside the classroom and out.