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TEACHERS: Education isn’t priority for unions

Letter by Marian K. Hagener, Tacoma on Sep. 21, 2010 at 9:41 am with 4 Comments »
September 21, 2010 10:08 am

Re: “Unions legally obligated to members first” (letter, 9-17).

The writer tells it like it is. The educational needs of our children have always held a subordinate place in comparison to what is in the self-interest of the teachers’ union membership and its leadership, as is the case with all “trade” unions.

The trouble is, this trade union is responsible for preparing coming generations for competition in a world marketplace with countries whose children spend more hours per week in schools with more demanding curricula, especially in math and science. Past abusive working conditions for teachers are no longer credible reasons to justify union claims of victimization – not in this age of employee protections, decent pay for the most part and generous benefits.

Our school boards of education were elected – and their leadership hired – to direct all available/professional resources to the mission of educating children to our highest standards. The mission of the teachers’ union runs at cross purposes.

Union objections to the use of student achievement test scores (as one of the pieces of teacher performance evaluations) because they are contaminated by out-of-school factors like poverty, parenting skills, etc., remind me of a student who thought he deserved to get a passing grade because he showed up in class.

(Hagener is a retired Tacoma school psychologist.)

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  1. The teachers union are so out of touch with what is right and so focused on protecting there jobs that they will fight to let a child molester keep his job.

  2. What unions once were and what they are now are two very different things.

    Looking out for No. 1 is the theme song nowadays.

  3. Labor unions fight for the rights of their members, collectively and individually. Those who despise unions seem to be interested in denying the working class these rights.

    Knowing that the union membership has their back makes it much easier for teachers to fight for the educational needs of their students.

    Student achievement test scores should be used to evaluate the student, not the teacher. The teachers should be supported emotionally and financially by the administration, the public, and the parents, in their efforts to educate our children.

    If teachers had the kind of support they deserve, their union involvement would be a non-issue. Hagener’s low opinion of teachers is a reflection of the lack of support teachers are experiencing.

  4. eagle_beak says:

    those who can do…..do. those who can’t — teach.

    God bless America and help us make our country strong!~

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