1. It would not have broken my heart to see Governor Scott Walker go down in flames.
2. However, I don’t really think it is a good idea to hold recall elections for public officials just because they are screaming assholes implementing extremely damaging policies.
3. Because if we get into that habit, there may not be any public officials left.
On Teachers’ Unions
1. The main thing I learned from Scott Walker, et al, is that Americans as a group have extended their general contempt for education and intellectualism into intense contempt for teachers.
2. Americans both complain that the quality of teachers is poor and that teachers make too much money/benefits. And they think they can improve the quality of teachers by reducing their pay and benefits. This is the exact opposite of what they think about other important people, like CEOs.
3. Teaching is a dead-end job. You go from being a young, inexperienced teacher to an older, experienced teacher, but your job description doesn’t change. There is no opportunity for advancement.
4. With no possibility of promotion, teachers still must continually upgrade their skills to retain their certification.
5. Teaching is a low-paying job compared with other professions requiring similar levels of education and training.
6. Teaching would pay even less without the collective bargaining power of the union.
1. My kids have attended both private school and public school. They have had both good and bad teachers in both settings.
2. Private school teachers are not unionized and therefore can be fired at any time. Nevertheless, the worst teacher my kids had in private school was an old timer who had been there, unfired, for decades.
3. However, the private school did fire a teacher who was creative, exciting, and beloved by students and parents.
On School this Year
1. Little Bit has had a very good 5th grade year, with a teacher who offered ample opportunity to go “above and beyond” requirements to earn exemplary grades. This set-up made my daughter feel encouraged and rewarded for her efforts.
2. Tigger’s freshman year of high school went all right, I guess, where all right = she earned decent grades with very little effort and had a great time hanging out with her friends.
3. There are only two more weeks of school, and summer craziness is bound to drive any lingering thoughts about applying to a PhD program right out of my head.
4. June in Seattle, right now, = 55 degrees and raining. Just thought I’d throw in a sympathy plea.