Re: "It's about union busting to republicans, they have no interest in
education."Yeah, well, teachers' unions have shown time and
time again that they share that lack of interest in education.The
only measure that has a chance to solve American educational problems --
parental school choice -- has been declared union-enemy number one by ALL
teachers' unions, including the gritty, greedy local crowd, UEA/NEA.If teacher "associations" [translation -- trade unions] would
dedicate to educational improvement, just half of what they spend preserving
status quo of their unions bosses' posh lifestyle and undeserved power,
they might actually accomplish some of what they disingenuously claim to
WOW another DN opinion slamming teachers and their Association. Garbage in and
To "Hutterite" you can thank your liberal buddies for the disdain for
knowledge and understanding. Just look at what happens on the comment boards if
somebody starts quoting scientists that disagree with Man-made climate change
theories. They are attacked in nearly every way imaginable, and are ultimately
told to stop thinking outside the box and to conform. How much intelligence
does it take to conform?
I have a proposal for the DNews staff responsible for the placement of columns
or editorials dealing with pretty much every hot topic issue of the day. Have
side by side opposing views on a topic. Then let the bloggers have at it.
The only way the Unions can be to blame is if they use their power to block any
meaningful reforms. The writer needs to present evidence for this. We tend to
think that there is going to be a single catch-all fix for our educational woes.
That is the one lesson that we should learn from Obamacare. Fixes for many of
our problems are complex and one single swing of the bat isn't going to
I don't know about teachers unions, but I have come to realize that people
who certify as teachers are not getting the education they should. To get a
teacher certification, far too many education classes are required. These are
pabulum devoid for the most part of educational value. I know this because my
son is studying to become a secondary math teacher.Require a person
wanting to teach to get a degree + 1 semester of education.
This article wants to squash the mouse (teachers union) while ignoring the
elephant in the room. Our public schools are failing because they
are a monopoly and monopolies always produce inferior products at higher prices
– this truism is Econ 101.We need to follow the lead of
countries like France and Sweden (hardly right-wing dystopias) in creating a
properly funded voucher system and let schools compete for your kids. Doing so will catapult us back in the top ten in no time…
Heh heh, Richard Berman, the well-known "Dr. Evil" of the lobbying
industry, who has made his reputation lobbying for big tobacco, against the
minimum wage, etc. Now he gets millions from "unnamed sources" for
waging a war on unions. Even his own son, a well-known musician, is disgusted by
him. Sometimes it does make sense to "consider the source."
The unions have nothing to do with the troubles in Utah education. I mean if
the "unions" were so powerful teachers in Utah would actually get a
raise over 1% in real pay, no decreasing benefits and not have classes with 40
students. Since, this is the case, their "union" representation stinks.
But as said before, the ills of public education are multi-faceted
and unions, even in states where they might have a stronger voice in which Utah
doesn't belong, is way down the list.
Seriously? Blaming the Teachers and their Union??Go to the
mall, and watch all the Mommies paying attention to their I-phones, and NOT their children.The LDS General Authorities have already
addressed this, and the Teachers Unions were never once mentioned. Stooping to an all time low...
Wow this article isn't even worthy to line my bird's cage. What a
bunch of garbage. There is no union in Utah at all. How do we blame the
problems in Utah on something that doesn't exist? I don't
really know why you would want to blame society's problems on a union. The
problems come from the disintegrating family in our country. Lack of funding in
Utah could be given as yet another huge problem. Blaming the unions
is a cop out.
There's two large public employers that have any unions; the post office
and schools. Both are being strangled with idiotic rules by republicans in
congress while other public employees without unions have no such
interference.It's about union busting to republicans, they have
no interest in education.
Ultra Bob, thank you for a wise voice amid a cacophony of nonsense.
I spent 40 years as an educator in Utah Schools. The "union" had no
effect on what happened in my classroom. The "professional
associations," as I prefer to call them were helpful with salary and benefit
negotiations, and with lobbying efforts in the state and national legislatures.
Blaming unions for mediocre school performance seems to totally miss the
mark.Most of those countries which have better test score
performance regularly have students enrolled in after school and summer programs
as well as private tutorials and courses. The associated costs are usually
provided by the parents but some countries, and some cities within those
countries, also provide some support.Finally, it is worth noting
that most countries run schools for 190 to 220 days each year. The simple
computation of days in school results in about one more year of schooling in
public schools during grades 1-12. If we want our students to compete, we need
to fund additional school days.
People who falsely blame workers unions for the failure of product are not the
kind of people that I can respect. Education is like a pizza pie
being made by several cooks. Business people, who control the purse strings,
wants education to turn out workers trained in the work needed by business.
Religion want education to properly indoctrinate their dogma and point the
student toward membership. Parents would like education to provide a good
financial return for their investment. Kids want education to quell their thirst
for knowledge, without too much effort. I think teachers mostly are
teachers because they like it. I'm not a teacher, but to me, the thrill
of seeing a young person discover their abilities is priceless. I would like
for a teacher to be a ful ltime teacher and not have to spend time defending and
balancing the wants of the many managers. A teachers union seems a proper and
needed aid to the occupation.
I love journalists who have never interviewed a teacher in their lives and who
haven't set foot inside a classroom since high school feel like
they're experts on writing about education.We should create a
law that anyone who desires to write about education should first teach a week
in a public school.
Perhaps there wouldn't be a need for teachers unions if our government
wasn't constantly creating busy work for teachers that actually keeps them
from being effective teachers. Perhaps we also need to make parents more
accountable for their child's education. Perhaps we also need to make
children more accountable for their education. Perhaps we should provide
incentives for citizens to support and improve their neighborhood schools.
Perhaps we should return to including the fine arts and physical education in
schools. Perhaps we need to encourage creativity in our schools--that's
where our strength has always been. We always blame teachers and the
unions, but there are many problems that are bringing down education.
"...the (NEA) spent almost $88 million — more than 20 percent of its
entire budget — on "contributions, gifts and grants" that largely
funded left-wing and non-education-related causes. Fully 95 percent of its
political contributions went to Democratic candidates."------------------This is a pattern that has been so consistent
over the decades that the NEA really should be considered little more than
another fund raising arm of the Democrat party. All to the detriment of the
students. The very people to whom these "teachers" are supposedly so
dedicated.Like so much else of the socialist agenda of the
progressives, this too is a sham....and a shame.
Don't just foist it off on the teachers. Our societal disdain for
knowledge, introspection and intelligence has produced a generation of entitled
bratty kids with miniscule attention spans.
No solutions were offered in this article. How do you dismantle the
Kids need their Mom. and Why is their a Union for people who gets paid by tax