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ELECTION: Zeiger misleads on education support

Letter by MaryJill Nelson, Puyallup on Aug. 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm with 23 Comments »
August 10, 2012 2:59 pm

I was shocked to receive a mailing from 25th District Rep. Hans Zeiger claiming that he “stands for teachers” and “is an advocate for teachers.”

This is shocking since he wrote, in a 2003 Seattle Times op-ed, “Having been a part of both the home-school movement and the public-school morass, I would now go so far as to recommend that parents not place their children in a public school at all.”

Being a public school educator for 24 years, I find Zeiger’s statements regarding public school disgusting and disrespectful to the majority of us who went to public schools, sent our children to public schools and teach in public schools. How can I trust that he will “stand for teachers” when he is advocating that parents opt out of public schooling for their children?

Being “an advocate for teachers” also means being an advocate for public schools. Can we trust Zeiger to be an advocate for the majority of us who believe in the benefits of public education? I think not. As an active member of the teachers union, I assure you that we have not endorsed Zeiger.

 

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  1. LeePHill says:

    Zeiger is playing the audience…hoping that no one will notice his hypocrisy.

    Good catch!

  2. itwasntmethistime says:

    2003 was 9 years ago. My local public high school was a cesspool 9 years ago and now I hear it’s pretty good. A lot can happen in 9 years.

    I don’t have an opinion about Zeiger, I just think it’s ridiculous that MaryJill Nelson thinks that something he said 9 years ago regarding an evolving issue must still be true.

  3. IT,
    During the last election, Zeiger tried to sidestep the issue of his past writings by using the ‘oh I was young, was writing to impress as certain subset of people, and may have used some overzealous, vitriolic language’. HOWEVER, he stopped far short of backing away from any of his extreme conservative, fundamentalist positions.

  4. Zeiger also claims to be a fiscal conservative but is now pledging to continue wasting many thousands of tax dollars subsidizing a fish hatchery in SW Puyallup that some local pet rocks demand to continue having as their personal play toy.

    Zeiger has never had a real job and so has no comprehension of the real world and cannot be trusted to keep his word. The kid is simply a creep.

    I don’t like voting Democrat, but here is a case where there is no reasonable alternative.

  5. A common talking point of those that want charter schools in a box and vouchers is to say they stand with teachers and children There is a very misleading message coming out of corporate funded groups such as Stand for Children and League of Education Voters. Just be careful and don’t get mislead by the marketing coming our way soon.

  6. bobcat1a says:

    Hans is of the Romney school of thinking…lying comes as a reflex action.

  7. BigSwingingRichard says:

    I always find it interesting that liberals and the public school, public union advocates are usually pro-choice when it comes to abortion but they always seems to want to deny parents a choice or any other option when it comes to educating children.

    The mantra: it’s your right to abort a fetus, but not your right to decide how a child gets educated.

  8. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    Hans wants to repair the damage done to the education system in WA State by the teachers unions. They have failed us, wasted billions of $$$$$, graduated kids that can’t read and done irreparable damage to our economy.

    Hans wants to fix this. What’s wrong with that.

    He gets bashed by those that want the status quo. Well, get out of the way, your done.

  9. MadTaxpayer says:

    I still say the education system is the major enemy of our society.
    They need to get away from free lunches, breakfast, now dinner, day care, or what ever programs they toss out there and educate our children.
    Note that most of the college freshman need basic education classes before starting college level course.
    We have such a terrible time trying ot hire young people as they can not correctly fill out a job application.
    They sure know alot about video games and texting!

  10. Good letter MaryJill, thanks for bringing these writings to light

  11. … has never had a real job and so has no comprehension of the real world and cannot be trusted to keep his word.

    Now why does that sound SO familiar… hmmmmmmmm.

  12. CrazyJim says:

    It’s hard to find all Han’s writings from the right wing blogs and ultra right wing publications. They were all scrubbed just prior to his announcing he was a candidate. Hans isn’t that honest in my estimation.

  13. Capybara91 says:

    I’ve put four kids through Puyallup schools. It’s a good system and I have nothing but respect and admiration for its teachers. I know it’s passe but I believe in public education. I’ve also known Hans and his family for decades. They are good people. We just agree to disagree politically. Another antiquated concept.

  14. mahinaokeiki says:

    “They need to get away from free lunches, breakfast, now dinner, day care, or what ever programs they toss out there and educate our children.”

    I believe we provide meals, day care and other programs to our children because they need them. Students who are hungry, neglected and hurting struggle to stay ‘on task’ in school. Sometimes the meals children having while at school are the only meals they have the entire day.

    “Note that most of the college freshman need basic education classes before starting college level course.”

    Note that this concern is already being addressed at various levels. High schools and local colleges are working together to create better transitions. If it takes 5 years for a student to finish high school, and if the student completed algebra at the end of his first year of high school, he might have to take re-take algebra when starting college. It doesn’t mean the student failed to learn algebra while in high school.

  15. Valleychic says:

    Hans ha demonstrated over the past two years that he upholds the values most of subscribe to. I didn’t see in any legislation that he voted negatively on issues that support our schools and our children. This may have more credibility than writings when he was much younger. Just look at IQ88, he’s an old fart and still writes with bitter and bias. One can only imagine what his writings were like 50 years ago.

  16. LeePHill says:

    BigSwingingRichard says:
    Aug. 10, 2012 at 8:09 pm I always find it interesting that liberals and the public school, public union advocates are usually pro-choice when it comes to abortion but they always seems to want to deny parents a choice or any other option when it comes to educating children.
    The mantra: it’s your right to abort a fetus, but not your right to decide how a child gets educated.

    Now THERE is someone who never raised children.

    “Just look at IQ88, he’s an old fart and still writes with bitter and bias. One can only imagine what his writings were like 50 years ago.”

    A Hans-wannabe.

  17. CJ: Find the original quotes at:

    http://zeigerzingers.com/index.html

  18. blakeshouse says:

    SSDD!!! This state will never learn. Vote socialist and get what you deserve!!!! Hello Mt. on my way!!!

  19. bobcat1a says:

    Richard, any parent has a choice of where to send their kid as long as the school will take them.

  20. bobcat1a says:

    Madtaxpayer, you think maybe PARENTS have more to do with the video games and texting than schools do?
    How many parents do you suppose check to see if their kids do their assignments and enforce rules about school work? At the good suburban school in my community, we have kids who flunked virtually every class in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, and are now moving on to the high school. Wasn’t the teachers who promoted them…that was the admins. The teachers are disgusted about it, and helpless to change it. You want to know why the admins move the kids along? Because parents raise heck if you try to hold the kids accountable and admins are afraid of parents and state school statistics so they cover it up.

  21. Why do so many so-called educated people think that only WEA/NEA members are “teachers”? There are many teachers in all our lives, only some of them work at public schools. And some of those who work at public schools don’t qualify in my book as teachers. If the union hates him, he gets my vote!

  22. Obvious the decision of a no-info, uninformed, voter.

  23. BigSwingingRichard

    Liberals are perfectly fine with parents deciding how a child gets educated.

    If partents decide not to use the public schools, they just shouldn’t expect to use taxpayers money.

    The parents’ choice.

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