Responding to the ridicule of teachers and the teaching profession by politicians and self proclaimed "experts"!
"Where is Albert Shanker now that we need him?" - Walt Sautter

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Best and the Brightest ?????

"We want the 'Best and the Brightest' teachers in our classrooms!"
"Teachers Matter!"
"We are reaffirming our commitment to advancing teacher talent."
"I think teacher quality is really important."
The BS runs wide and deep.
I have some questions for those who continually spew this hollow rhetoric and phony accolades.
How bright can a person be who would willingly enter a profession which is constantly degraded and demeaned by politicians and the media throughout the land? 
How bright can a person be who would willingly enter a profession which has seen its seniority rights eliminated?
How bright can a person be who would willingly enter a profession which has seen a hundred year old tenure law stripped away in the blink of an eye?
How bright can a person be who would willingly enter a profession which has seen the retirement age increased by ten years over night?
How bright can a person be who would willingly enter a profession which reads daily about the inevitable collapse of the pension fund to which he must contribute throughout his entire working life?
 How bright can a person be who would willingly enter a profession which sees its bargaining rights threatened or eliminated?
How bright can a person be who would willingly enter a profession which sees a Governor break a promise and the law which he instituted and praised by refusing to properly fund the pension?
How bright can a person be who would willingly enter a profession which sees the C.O.L.A stripped from the pension of current retirees by a wave of the hand?
How bright can a person be who will willingly enter a profession which in the defined benefit pension will soon be replaced by a defined contribution plan (401K plan)?
Considering all the aforementioned, anyone entering teaching today can't possibly be that bright! 
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Christie "celebrates" teachers - What a hypocrite!
Defined Benefits - Going, going, gone !
New Jersey has already eliminated tenure - 
They just use Orwellian Newspeak and call it "Reformed"

Seniority goes next - 
Even if you've taught your heart out for 25 years if someone's niece needs a job or you're just too expensive - 
As Ray Charles used to say - 'Hit the road Jack!" 


Just because the voters want fairness that doesn't mean it's going to happen!

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