Teacher’s Unions: It’s About Power – How They Hate Kids


I love teachers.  My dad taught, many of my friends teach, some in my family currently teach.  Hell, I was a teacher.

I love great teachers.  We should fire the horrible ones, not the bad ones, just the horrible ones, but that’s a post for another day.

My beef is the Union.  That organization that represents teachers and bargains and negotiates for them.  If you ever had any doubt, any doubt what so ever, that Unions not only don’t care about kids, but hate children, here it is.  In all its glory, how Unions are power hungry monsters:

To the relief of college-bound seniors, Lakeville high school teachers will once again write letters of recommendation under a deal reached this week between their local union and the school district.

The agreement ends a standoff that began two weeks ago during contract negotiations between the union and district. Hoping to spur a settlement, some teachers began refusing to write recommendation letters, among other measures requested by their union.

The Union requested teachers stop writing letters of recommendation for seniors trying to get into college.

Power.  Pure and unapologetic power.  Unions do not exist for the benefit of the children.  They exploit children.  And teachers.  And you.

Measure teachers.  Fire shitty ones.  Reward great ones.  And abolish teachers unions.

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3 comments
  1. Henry said:

    I have been accused of playing by a different set of rules.

    Students do not realize how difficult it can be to write a great letter of recommendation, so I ask students to write the letter of recommendation and send it to me in a digital format that I can edit. This serves two purposes. First, it limits the number of students that come to me for a letter, but it also forces the students to do dig deep and do some research into what makes a good letter of recommendation.

    • pino said:

      I ask students to write the letter of recommendation and send it to me in a digital format that I can edit.

      This is how performance reviews are done in corporate.

      I did a Google search to find more details on this story. Pino

      Yeah, one of the drawbacks of this Theme is that links are not obvious. But I try to link to the story when I post.

      How sleazy is that?

      Very.

      Sometimes my colleagues ask rhetorically, “Why does the public hate us?”

      I will keep a copy of this in my back pocket to help answer that question.

      Perfect.

  2. Henry said:

    I did a Google search to find more details on this story. Pino, you left out the juiciest part. You failed to tell us that.”Under the deal, the district will pay for substitutes to cover classes while teachers write college recommendations.”

    How sleazy is that? If you do not want to write a letter of recommendation, then don’t, but do not expect your employer to provide a substitute to cover the class while you write the letter.

    Sometimes my colleagues ask rhetorically, “Why does the public hate us?”

    I will keep a copy of this in my back pocket to help answer that question.

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