I do not like teacher bashing. I readily admit that there are bad teachers, but they are few and far between. What often comes across as a bad teacher is more likely a result of poor facilities, overcrowding, and kids with issues that need additional support systems to succeed.
These are the issues that Chicago teachers are fighting for. A Science class with over 40 students, over 90% with economic issues and no air conditioning is not likely to help students do their best on standardized testing. Yeah, yeah, yeah I’ve heard it all before about the no air conditioning thing. Well, we didn’t have air conditioning when we were going to school. Neither did I, but I came out of a house without air conditioning into a school without air conditioning.
It is about time that this society made up their minds to support public schools with the social programs needed for today’s kids. I have seen so many extremely troubled children that need much more specific help than a classroom teacher is prepared (or has time) to offer. One student told me that his dad died from “sniffing too much sugar.” He was living with an uncle because his mom and step dad did not have room for him in their apartment. He was angry, smart enough to get away with lots of things, yet starved for attention. Starving for attention made him disruptive in class. His social skills were non-existent, so he made enemies instead of friends. These kinds of issues require support systems, that yes, cost money.
Now, come on. Do you really think teachers make 75,000 a year? That is an average and a few teachers skew that average. A teacher with 10 years tenure does not make that much, and my daughter-in-law makes that in the computer industry after 10 years and she doesn’t have to put up with 40+ kids in a room with her to earn her living.
By the way, who has been at the bargaining table with teachers. If I was worried about a strike I sure wouldn’t have waited until the last week to show up to talk about it, but the Mayor did. He sent lawyers to talk to teachers. Does that appear to be trying to work something out. It appears to be more of an insult to me.
Damn, I’m tired of preaching that same ole thing.
And if nothing else the endorsement of Paul Ryan, alias Eddie Haskel and Munster, would put me on the teachers side any day.
Be careful Chicago firefighters, and policemen – you are next. Rahm Emanual – what kind of Democrat are you?