What Weingarten fails to mention is that she only proposed this process as a way to head off more serious reform efforts. She was the head of the UFT since 1998; what took her so long to even make THIS grudging, token attempt to appear to be reasonable?Originally Posted by Catawba
The other thing that she fails to mention is that most schools - including the ones where it's practically impossible to fire a teacher - already have a process like this, at least on paper. The problem is that it takes years to actually jump through all the hoops necessary to fire a teacher.Originally Posted by Catawba
Exactly, the teachers' unions have no problem supporting reforms that benefit themselves, like smaller class sizes or increasing instructional time. The problem is all the other reforms that they vociferously oppose because the benefits accrue to the students rather than the teachers.Originally Posted by Catawba
What an apropos way to end this essay. She thinks it's all about what kind of country we want...for the teachers. Our schools don't exist for the teachers' benefit, they exist to educate students.Originally Posted by Catawba
"Do we want a country in which individuals are powerless, and hard-working people are denied the ability to earn decent wages and benefits?" No, we don't. So let's get rid of the teachers' unions so that we can get some meaningful education reform in our poorest school districts.
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