Tomorrow I register my kids for the upcoming school year(already). I so rarely read the daily Kos, that I do not know how I even stumbled upon this gem but I did and wanted to share it. I think everyone should thank a teacher this year as they have one of the toughest most underpaid jobs there is.
Here are some highlights of the blog:
Regularly I read people arguing that bad teachers are the fault of teachers’ unions.
That is so wrong it is ridiculous.
Teachers’ unions exist to protect the rights of all teachers.
The Bill of Rights exists to protect the rights of all persons.
In both cases, people who may have done wrong have their rights protected.
That does not prevent prosecution and conviction of criminal wrongdoers, nor does it prevent the discharge of bad teachers who refuse to improve or who cannot improve.
Because of the Bill of Rights vindictive authorities cannot use either the criminal justice system nor the land condemnation system to punish political opponents, people of minority religious views, newspapers that criticize them.
Because of teachers’ unions, under union contracts teachers accused of inadequacy or wrongdoing are afforded due process rights so that abusive administrators or school boards cannot improperly use the power of firing and disciplinary action against those they may dislike.
Remember this about unions. States with unionized workforces have higher standards of living and make more money – that is why the Northeast and industrial Midwest traditionally had higher standards of living than did the right-to-work states in the South.
Remember this about teachers’ unions. If you want to use test scores as a criteria, states with active teachers unions, such as Massachusetts and Connecticut, score far higher than right to work states such as Mississippi.
Also remember this. California, in which teachers are heavily unionized, discharges twice as many experienced teachers at twice the rate (percentage-wise) as does Mississippi, which is a right to work state.
Teachers’ unions are not the problem.