Even liberals think all unions do is protect bad teachers.

Arne Duncan was a topic on Morning Joe this morning and I
couldn’t believe I what I was hearing. First they showed a complete lack of
knowledge about the situation and I have to say being ignorant is okay it’s
when you start to comment that I have a problem.
At first they thought the kerfuffle was just because people
had become too politically corrects and that his comments were taken but not meant
to be racial and where there were racial undertones, I felt they were more
sexist and dismissive of women and people who disagreed with him. In short as
well as being misinformed and completely made up, they were elitist and
ignorant. The morning Joe cast seemed to agree Duncan’s remarks weren’t racist
but the inverse, saying urban black moms, would have been
Then they talked about how everybody gets a trophy and how students
are no longer pushed to be successful. Mike Barnicle said teachers in a “preponderance”
of schools will tell parents how great their children are while at the same
time the kids can’t perform simple tasks like add four plus four but as bad and
insulting as that was it wasn’t the humdinger of the segment. No, that came from
Donny Deutsch.
He said he understood people’s frustrations with public
schools but they were doomed to fail since unions main purpose was to protect
bad teachers. What!!!  
My union does not protect bad teachers. In fact my problem
with my union is they don’t protect good teachers from the intimidation
practices of various administrations, being overworked and from often being put
in no-win situations. Talk about pay and benefits and you have their attention,
talk about being brow beaten, marginalized or given more work than one person
can possible be expected to do and you can’t get a call returned. The last
thing they do is protect bad teachers.
Not only has Deutsch bought the talking point that unions
protect bad teachers but he is selling it on Morning Joe too and doing so as if
that somehow gives Duncan the right to marginalize parents and teachers who he
insulted over the weekend.
So there you have it, the hosts of morning Joe think kid getting
trophies whether they deserve them or not and unions protecting bad teachers
sum up the problems in education.  
Oy vey!
I am beginning to think public school supporters have been
doing it wrong. We have waited and hoped the administration and left leaning
outlets like MSNBC and the New York Times came to their senses and started
standing up for public schools (and yes there are a few exceptions) but the
problem is the weekly charter school scandals, and the lack of evidence that
corporate reforms work seem to go in one ear and out the other while the story
they heard from their neighbors, cousins, brothers, uncle about a union
protecting a bad teacher resonates, it takes hold.
Public school supporters need to find allies where they can and
I am sure there are some on the right because waiting for help from traditional
friends hasn’t been working.

One Reply to “Even liberals think all unions do is protect bad teachers.”

  1. Chris, you are so right. They don't protect good teachers. They take teachers' money and treat them with contempt when they need protection.

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