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Teachers unions addicted

Posted: May 1, 2009 9:54 p.m.
Updated: May 2, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
With Proposition 1A, the comedy is about to begin.

The teachers want more money because the union is addicted to having it. Bright shiny-faced youngsters will be paraded out in an effort to play on your emotions. They will look with obvious unhappiness at the image of their favorite teacher being laid off because of lack of funds. This whole scenario will be played out again and again.

The teachers do have a problem in that while being the highest paid teachers in the nation, they are part of a top-heavy organization. The teachers are paid well but the administration above them is paid way beyond what they are worth and they add nothing to the teaching of our children.

It is not unusual to hear of an administrative individual having an apartment and car provided so they don't have to commute. It makes one wonder how many leased cars are necessary for better education. Education today is a long way from teaching. It is primarily about taking wealth from taxpayers so those who have chosen to enter the teaching profession can live in a manner well above the average citizen.

We are all willing partners in the whole process. We have not questioned enough just how our money is spent. Education is fully half of our state budget.

We spend about $5,000 per child. A classroom with 25 children would have available a total of $375,000. You would think that would be enough to matriculate these 25 souls to a higher level but it is not. It is never enough.

Administrators love meetings, particularly if they are 3,000 miles away and last five days. That gives them at least one weekend in Atlanta or some such place to go shopping and sight seeing while digesting a week's worth of data on "Why Johnny Can't Read."

Then they wing their way home on Sunday before school thinking that "Life is really good. I probably should call off Monday since I will probably be too tired to go in."

Private schools exist and flourish. Many teachers find they would rather have their children educated in these same private schools at a cost of about $6,000 per child.

The state government has allocated $15,000 for the education of that teachers child. Why would they pay an additional $6,000?

Because it is worth it. More and more people are choosing private schools despite the price because the quality of the teaching is superior to public school.

Their children learn basic, solid principles and are not inundated with theories on global warming or other socialistic dogma.

We need to take back our education system. There are more important things at stake than promoting union growth. Our hope for the future is embodied in our children. They are too important to be sacrificed on the altar of bureaucracy.

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