I know there are some wacko teachers out there who want to come out as lesbians and indoctrinate entire schools with the backing of their unions. Don't tell me they don't exist. They do. But I'm embarrassed and appalled as an American at some of the anti-teacher comments that have been hurled about. Gravy train is over? Do you think teaching 30 students to a test all year and having to deal with drama from parents and administrators is a "gravy train?" Gravy train implies close to zero work and get over it if you don't have the same benefits, but these teachers work hard.
The issue at hand is collective bargaining rights. I've never liked this idea of unions, and I especially don't like this idea of forcing teachers to be in a union in some states. How can you be in "union" with someone by force? And some of the retirement and medical benefit rates and that sort of thing probably need amending. Unions strike me as plain un-American, but then again, I never worked at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. Sometimes there is a reason things are the way they are. That doesn't mean they need to stay that way.
I think teachers in public schools have tremendously hard jobs. Sure, they want to earn a living. But many of them would not put up with the crap they do if they didn't care about the kids, too. Some of the hateful comments I've been reading are pretty uncalled for.
Go read the teacher blogs sometime, friends, about what really goes on in schools and see if summers off and a good retirement plan would be worth it to you. I'm not saying that things shouldn't change, but I am saying that sometimes we should just say "thank you" to our teachers for what they're trying to do whether we have kids in school or not.
Ok. Thanks for listening and have a great weekend.