Wow. NEA's top lawyer admits in this revealing video "Kids' education is not NEA's highest priority." State, National, International, posted by Dave, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 22, 2009 at 8:33 am
During his retirement speech, NEA's top attorney Chanin closed his nearly 25-minute speech by explaining the influence of the NEA:
"Despite what some among us would like to believe it is not because of our creative ideas. It is not because of the merit of our positions. It is not because we care about children and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power.
And we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year, because they believe that we are the unions that can most effectively represent them, the unions that can protect their rights and advance their interests as education employees."
Oh, it gets more interesting.
"This is not to say that the concern of NEA and its affiliates with closing achievement gaps, reducing dropout rates, improving teacher quality and the like are unimportant or inappropriate. To the contrary. These are the goals that guide the work we do. But they need not and must not be achieved at the expense of due process, employee rights and collective bargaining. That simply is too high a price to pay."
Too high a price to pay for educated children! Chanin got wild applause from thousands of NEA members at the San Diego Convention Center for his remarks.
Here is the article with the video embedded >>> Web Link
Posted by Karen, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 22, 2009 at 12:49 pm
There is peer pressure among teachers to join the union.
Teachers are protected at the expense of students. There is at least one teacher at every school who is emotionally abusive to students and they cannot be fired if they are buddies with the principal. I have a friend who is a teacher. Her classroom is open to another classroom with an abusive teacher. She reports the verbal abuse to the principal who does nothing about it.
All classrooms should have audio and visual equipment. We outfit our stores with these devices to protect merchandise, but we allow adults to close their doors and behave any way they want toward children and there is no way of knowing what they're doing.
I've worked in public schools for 20 years.
Alisal used to have a principal that allowed a verbally abusive teacher to remain on staff because she was buddies with her. The principal at Alisal now is NOT that person.
Tenure is a way for some teachers to mistreat students and get away with it. Of all professions to have this protection, it is a crime that people with power over vulnerable children have it.
Posted by Get the facts, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 22, 2009 at 4:31 pm
"There is at least one teacher at every school who is emotionally abusive to students and they cannot be fired if they are buddies with the principal."
So you are saying that you know of at least one teacher at every school (fifteen schools, by the way), and those teachers all happen to be friends with the principal? I bet you don't know five abusive teachers, much less fifteen and the relationship they have with their principal. This statement is blatently FALSE, and "Karen", I would ask that you please print a retraction immedaitely!
We teachers have enough challenges on our plate without you spreading these allegations. Luckily, yours is so ridiculous, so over the top, so outrageous, that all smart readers of these blogs will see right through it.
At my school, if there was an abusive teacher, I can tell you that they aren't friends with the principal. No teacher is friends with our principal. Good leaders keep a professional distance.
Posted by Connie, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Nov 23, 2009 at 11:01 pm
No, it's that the principal and school boards are too weak, cowardly, and afraid to get rid of bad teachers. Better to sacrifice the kids than take on the union. After all, it's ONLY one year in a child's life...they'll get a better teacher NExT year, Right ? Let them tuff it out. We wouldn't want administrators or unions to actually put the children first.
Posted by cholo, a resident of Livermore, on Nov 24, 2009 at 10:11 am
I recognize that my tone in my previous post puts people off.
But I think it's important for everyone to recognize that it's reckless to make blanket statements.
Not all teachers with power over students abuse them, and not all principals close a blind eye to inappropriate teacher behavior.
Also, there are many cases where students abuse their teachers or fellow students.
What everyone should do is report abuse and if school administrators do not follow up, then go to the school board, the police, even the media.
While setting up cameras in every classroom might improve the behavior of teachers and students, it would probably have a negative effect on teacher morale, and as I noted earlier, is an expense that can hardly be taken on when so many basic needs in the schools are not being met.
There are no easy solutions, but certainly when there are repeated reports of abuse about anyone, that person should be investigated, union member or not.