5 things you need to know about Chicago public-school teachers’ strike

My writer friend, Robert K. Wilcox, just alerted me to a new political humor blog, AntiOccamSociety. Rumor is that the blogger was the creator of that very funny TV show “WKRP in Cincinnati.” ;)

I just added AntiOccamSociety to FOTM’s Blogroll. Check it out!

In the meantime, I’m republishing stealing AntiOccamSociety’s post of September 4, 2012. :D

~Eowyn

September 4, 2012

If You Can Read Some Of This, Thank A Teacher

Chicago teachers have the highest average salary of any American city at $76,000 a year before benefits. The average family in the city earns $47,000 a year and does not receive three months off in the summer.

Chicago teachers pay only 3 percent of their health-care costs and out of every new dollar set aside for public education in Illinois in the last five years, 71 cents has gone to teacher retirement costs.

Chicago teachers are responsible for 15 percent of all fourth graders being proficient in reading and thanks to them a full 44 percent of students who enter their freshman year of high school go on to graduate.

Chicago teachers have rejected a 16 percent salary increase over the next four years and are on strike.

Chicago teachers say they’re doing this for the kids.

8 responses to “5 things you need to know about Chicago public-school teachers’ strike

  1. This is what happens when a Socialist Union takes over, just like they broke the auto industry, wake up America, the Socialist will TAKE IT ALL, and laugh all the way to the bank because you all so STUPID! Same way with a government workers union, when they don’t have to work and CAN’T be fired! They also make almost TWICE what the private sector make, DAHHH! Semper Fi.

  2. People are so far behind the federal governments inflation curve I’m surprised anyone can even survive this economy.

  3. I am no supporter of teacher’s unions, especially Chicago’s but I would like to stick up for teachers in general. I am retired now but taught for twenty one years. I also went back to school and earned my Master Degree in Education. I was earning $72000 when I left teaching but I started out at $7500. I never had three months off in the summer, it was usually two months and maybe the last week in June and it was an unpaid vacation. Though my teaching hours were from 8 to 3:30, I was always at school much earlier and much later preparing my lessons, correcting papers, changing bulletin boards and attending meetings.
    I think that it is absolutely horrific that so few fourth graders know how to read and do basic math. Many of my kindergarten students were proficient readers and writers. I would not rest if my students underperformed in this manner.
    Please remember that there are many loyal and capable teachers out there and we cannot all be lumped into the vitriolic, incompetent group representing Chicago. For them to demand outlandish raises in times of depression is reprehensible.

  4. Ignorant, angry and entitled socialists… maybe they should teach better for what they get now?

  5. I was a public high school teacher in New York City for twelve years, and let me tell you what teachers are up against, generally speaking, and I will be as brief as possible.
    Many enter the teaching profession and care personally. They obtain Masters Degrees and tenure in order to pursue a career. But there is no real discipline for disruptive students, many of whom have real problems at home. Administrators are accountable to the school board for results, and if they fail, the state can move in to take control of the school building itself. They have no systemic motivation to be concerned for the professional development of their staff, or to the parents—some of whom have their own agendas. Many white teachers have to endure real racial or ethnic animadversions from administrators, colleagues, students and parents.
    The system is not held together by love of God or country; It is held together by legislated and administrated results that must be met, regardless of student achievement. The union is there to further its own interests, and the labor leaders at the top have no systemic motivation to care for what is happening in the local school. (Notice I said “systemic” and not personal or professional). In addition to this, the prevailing ideology throughout the system is leftist, and there is a systemic pressure to rid the system of those teachers who lean conservative or libertarian. Occasionally, there is outright intimidation on the part of certain leftist teachers to smear the reputations and make the job of such conservative or libertarian teachers difficult. I witnessed a teacher have students distribute flyers which read, “Fire X,” “Boycott X’s classes,” “Transfer X,” or “Kill X.” And the administrators and union people did nothing.
    I also witnessed criminal activity in education, on the part of students (sadly to be expected), teachers, security guards and administrators, including sexual liasons, gang activity, drug dealing and homicide. (You read that right and I am not exaggerating).
    All this being said, I believe that public education should be phased out, with buildings and equipment being turned over to private interests. Public education as it is currently run is as about successful as the War on Drugs. All this being said, the teachers in Chicago who turned down 16% over four years are having their political show; For all they are up against, I hope they shoot themselves in the foot over it, because the union’s agenda is, necessarily, self-aggrandizement and not the improvement of education. Whatever the outcome shall be, the good teachers and students will needlessly suffer, and nothing will change.

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  7. I say we drag them into the streets and beat em to death. Oh, too strong? My bad. Okay, just shit-can them all and hire monkeys to replace em.

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