A Mere Suggestion for the Teachers’ Unions
When we at Anchor Rising and the Providence Journal’s Bob Kerr are (at the least) headed toward the same page, you might want to turn some of your questions inward:
A lot of years later, conditions are obviously better. Teacher pay has gotten downright comfortable. Teachers are often seen showing up at school in some very nice wheels. Benefits are wonderful. And there are the summers.
But there has been a high cost for the relative prosperity. It is the gradual erosion of that special place teachers used to hold in their cities and towns.
It usually shows itself in the late summer when parents start telling stories of how they have had to reorder their lives because children who they expected to be in school are not.
There are scowling, finger-jabbing citizens who point to hard times in their communities while teachers exploit their unique hold on the most important service those communities provide. …
And, of course, they go on strike sometimes, knowing they are risking absolutely nothing because they will still be required by state law to work the same number of days. And days lost in September are recovered in June. They’re not really putting a whole lot on the line. None have gone to jail in a long time.
Every year, the teacher strike or strikes of the season seem a little more tedious, a little more tacky, a little more out of touch.
What a horrible, corrosive blow this whole unionized system has become to our communities. Kerr does open describing the low pay that his teacher parents accepted as the tradeoff for “personal satisfaction,” and I, as one of a certain many, would fight against a return to those days. Instead, I find myself fighting against the teachers, with an unshakable feeling that being known as doing so may affect my children adversely.
It shouldn’t be this way. The union organizations’ hands have no business in our schools, in our pockets, or around our necks.