Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Teacher Talks About Teachers

A long- time teacher takes a look at the recent politics behind his profession in today's Los Angeles Times.


At 8:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bias is thick with this one.

"(Unions hate the thought of fewer teachers -- it means less money in the form of dues for them)."

How about... Unions exist to represent and defend their clients. If teachers lose their jobs without cause (e.g., being a bad teacher per the school's own rule system), the union is failing. The author is simply anti-union, facts be damned.

At 10:16 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Nothing wrong with being anti- union and I certainly discard his opinion because he might be.

At 10:17 AM, Blogger Fred said...

That was supposed to read, "I certainly wouldn't discard his opinion...".

At 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disregard his opinion because within the first few graphs he amply demonstrated he doesn't understand the purpose of a union. He should be embarrassed.

At 11:13 AM, Blogger Fred said...

There are many others, including union members, that feel the same way that guy does.

One of my brothers- in- law owns a plumbing company. He was considering whether to be union, or non- union, when he first started up. His father told him to go non- union.

His father was a union guy most of his life, from what I understand, but felt they ripped him off and he recommended staying non- union.

At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last time I checked, unions had elected bodies. Would he also become an anarchist because he doesn't like the sitting president? That father gave his son very poor advice and apparently also misunderstood how unions operate.

At 12:34 PM, Blogger Fred said...

I also understand there are a number of union members who would rather not be union members but have to join the union to keep their jobs. I was once one of them.

I also think it's rather arrogant of you to say someone who spent what I understand is a large part of his life in a union (and supposedly lost his union retirement) is giving someone poor advice.


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