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SCHOOLS: Enforce law against teacher strikes

Letter by Ted R. Archambault, Tacoma on Sep. 8, 2010 at 9:39 am with 7 Comments »
September 8, 2010 12:36 pm

So as the weather turns cooler, and the leaves begin to change color. What other event marks the close of summer? Oh, yeah, the annual teacher strike.

Again citizens are coerced into paying full-time pay and benefits to part-time workers. The teacher’s union plays on the fact that it would be almost impossible to replace a district’s teachers on short notice. There is also the guilt card – “You want your children to get a quality education don’t you?”

Given the fact that teachers do not have the right to strike in this state, that they are paid while on strike and the ever declining test scores of our students, I wonder how much longer we are going to stand this yearly union blackmail. Private schools in this state uniformly have higher student test scores and are taught by lesser-paid teachers. And when was the last time we heard of a private school’s teachers going on strike?

It is about time that we demand our legislators to require teacher qualification testing, to enforce the no-strike law, and for the courts to impose fines on individual striking teachers and their union.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. Ted, I agree with you. It is to be expected that the socialist teachers union will squeeze every dime out of the taxpayer and than have the gall to tell us “it’s for the children”. It’s amazing to me that there are still people out here who buy that nonsense. Those people don’t give a rat’s behind about the children, plain and simple. If they did, they’d be in the class room. What is really needed in this country is for people to stand up against these leftists and bust their damned union out of existence. Until that happens we can expect to be held hostage every year.

  2. oldman4 says:

    I have been in the classroom as a volunteer and I can tell you the problem is not the teacher it’s the student and the parents. If you bothered to spend just a little time in the classroom you would feel much different. As for the union you costantly complain about it’s you the voter who demands the union not the teachers. Can’t teach if you don’t join. As for teachers being overpaid I have seen there paychecks, a high school graduate can make more working for Boeing. Oh frosty I see you have the name calling well in hand. That certainly will help solve the problem.

  3. Oldman, I would hope that Boeing’s track record of producing a good product is better than what the public school system produces, high school grads are obviously doing better than their college educated counter-parts in the public schools. The next time you volunteer in school, how about introducing a subject that even the teacher could learn something from, like the Constitution or how to balance a checkbook.

  4. bobcat1a says:

    Frosty, if you’re such a genius, come on down to your local middle school and volunteer to show the teachers how it’s done. Talk’s cheap.

  5. Flanagan says:

    I wonder if maybe grade school “teachers” will go the way of the dinosaur…most parents could teach their own children if they truly wanted thanks to a plethora of home school material now available.

  6. commoncents says:

    Flanagan – based upon the poor grammar and spelling that is oft seen and repeated on various postings I would have to disagree with your claim that most parents could educate their children. Proper use of the writing conventions are taught and practiced beginning in the second grade and continued on through the elementary years. Most posts are written at the 5th grade level which wouldn’t bode well for our little home-schooled darlings.

    However, to your point, many could do exactly what you say – but don’t want to as that would require effort – and that’s something that people just don’t want to put out.

  7. bobcat, as I stated in another post, why is it that teachers are always looking for “volunteers” to help them do their jobs? Do you know of any other profession that is so dependent on someone else to do the job that they were hired to do?

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