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  •  Good analogy (5+ / 0-)

    I'm so sick of administrators and right wing activists using this blatantly false talking point/excuse.

    I'm reasonably sure that there is not a state in the union that doesn't have state legislated causes for dismissal which are included in every teacher, educational employee contract.

    There are good, even excellent administrators, especially at the building levels, and I was fortunate enough to have had a number early on.  But if the ratio of bad to good teachers was as great as it has always been with administrators public education would have totally failed years ago.

    I will further note that seldom do the best, brightest, and most dedicated educators opt to go into administrative positions.

    Last, I would note that almost no teachers want or support the retention of any bad teacher.  Their poor performance effects everyone in which sequence of learning is necessary to student achievement, not to mention the over-all effect, even if a secondary course is a limited elective, to school morale, and the development of poor attitudes of behavior and performance among some students who experience bad teaching.

    For those who serve the greater cause may make the cause serve them.... Murder in The Cathedral......T.S. Eliot

    by blueoasis on Sun May 01, 2011 at 02:13:52 PM PDT

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    •  And Unions always rally around those under attack (0+ / 0-)

      even if they are weak.  And, they attack any threat to the "community', or the established way of life.  

      When I was in college I worked a summer in a steel warehouse.  I worked the night shift (10:00 PM to 7 AM) filling orders for shipment.  We used hand cranes and the overhead crane to group orders of angles, channels, and beams together and tag them so that the daylight shift could load them on the trucks.  When we filled one, we signed it, turned in the Rec form, and picked another off the stack.  I could do 7-10 a night.  It was actually kind of a fun challenge to find everything and move it around the shop.  

      After about two weeks, one of the older, permament, guys came to see me.  He ripped me a new *sshole for getting too much done.  Seems I was making everybody else look bad because I was filling too many orders each night.  He said I was a temporary college student and I would be going back to school in September, and the rest of them would get stuck working harder permanently, or might get replaced.  I was scared to death, and I backed off to 5-7 orders a night - hey, it was physically easier, anyway.  That's when I first  realized that the unions, for all the good they do, protect the lowest common denominator.  

      •  It's their job to protect workers (0+ / 0-)

        We pay them about $1,000 per year. Of course they should speak up to make sure that administrators follow the rules when they terminate an employee. Wouldn't you have expected some support if your boss were unfairly targeting you for personal reasons in that same position?

        I work more than 20 hours a week for free beyond our contract. My union president knows this. She has never told me to work less. She thinks it's great that I do a lot for the kids and am successful in my work.

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