CommentsTo those of us who are dedicated to education the current conditions are just plain painful.
When an outstanding teacher is paid less than someone who calls themselves a teacher but can not pass even reasonable proficiency exams and who spends much of their time justifying their “off campus” behavior, which would embarrass a goat in rut, by teaching their students that to live in the same manner is normal and the union protects them from responsibility.
I wonder just how many of those who insist that their pay is based how many years they have been a licensed teacher truly are dedicated to the teaching profession.
I can take pride in the students I had in my classes because they came back to tell me how grateful they were and that they had “climbed the ladder” in their profession very rapidly because they KNEW their material. They were amazed at the number of others who had such a weak foundation in their discipline. It was my students who were so proud of their learned abilities and their gratitude was ever so much appreciated because I had to “wait my turn” to get my raises.
And therein “lies the rub”.
Now the lackeys want even more advantages so that they can do as they please but get promoted in spite of their sloppy job performance.
Is it any wonder that so many of the top notch teachers and high potential individuals either never join the teaching profession or quit the profession or go to private schools to teach? They may have been “born to teach” but the profession is now so rotten that they are repulsed.
I wonder what the unions have to say about why this nation now graded 28th in the world in the education fundamentals.
Must be all that union pride and those retirements which puts them on a financial par with many of the retirements of former national leaders which makes them so “outstanding”.
Posted by JohnMinn on 07/02 at 07:23 AM | #
A very excellent article.
As a former English teacher in Peru, Brazil and China, plus one year of teaching Spanish at a stateside military language school, I have formed some opinion on this topic: First of all, none of those places where I taught was there a union. Subsequent teaching assignments were based on the teacher's performance as much as qualifications.
In my experience, payment for work done was a factor but where work was well-done, the reward was even greater, both financially and in personal reward. Knowing that students received my best efforts and would be able to use the instruction given in future careers was reward in itself. If someone had proposed a union in those teaching opportunities, it would have drawn a laugh.
I got my job on my own and it was continued due to satisfactory performance and not because some Neanderthal sporting a union pin on his ball cap made it so.
Good teachers derive a lifetime of satisfaction by his/her own efforts and performance and not because of some affiliation with a larger group. If some kind of affiliation is needed in a teacher, it is a direct indication that the teacher is inadequate in initiative, training and experience and is looking for the easy way out.
Very possibly, a teacher who is eager to join a union is blinded by the idea of more money received but not earned on personal merit or, and this may be more probable, that the teacher senses fear in not being kept in the teaching position due to some lack of education, reputation or teaching record. This would also not be an ideal kind of teacher, in my opinion. I would not want him/her for my children or the children of anyone else.
The above address the teacher-union relationship, as applicable. Where union-teacher relationship is concerned, control is the goal of unions. Also, unions are running scared of being relegated to the "dustbin of history" because the actual need for unions has declined drastically from what it was assumed to be a few decades ago. This desperation has left the unions with no alternative but to seek membership wherever it can be found.
It seems a source of wonderment to me that any teacher could be enticed to join a union considering that a good teacher should want others to think him/her intelligent and wise.
Posted by NoCrud on 07/01 at 01:15 AM | #
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