“It’s about the children.” Really?
I’ve heard it said and you’ve heard it said, “It’s about the children!” You might have even said it yourself before. However, it is not “about the children” for everyone in education, especially the unions.
Okay. So, it’s one thing for me to post here and tell you that but I think it better to illustrate it for you direct from the mouth of the NEA’s former top attorney, Bob Chanin.
Did you catch that? Just in case you were having trouble with your volume, here it is transcribed (emphasis is mine):
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.
…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.
There you have it. It’s sort of like the Hokey Pokey. And, that what it’s all about, folks: power and money. Now, about that whole “willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues each year” thing, that might be just a tad bit misleading too. Teachers that don’t buy into the union, well let’s just say the word minority comes to mind, as much or more for the concern of reprisal. That’s how it’s come to be known as the “compulsory dues racket” of the teachers union.
By the way, that was a young female that he assaulted that was holding that video camera. Just for the record, she’s an intimidating 5’1″ tall. What’s this do to the New Tone/Civility code? Well, maybe the CWA didn’t get the memo on that.
UPDATE: Doesn’t get much more civil than this around 7:32 on the video’s counter (H/T: Michelle Malkin)….
In case the accent was throwing you, here is what you were hearing just after the timer passed 7:32 on there: “I’ll f**k you in the ass, you faggot!” His momma must be so proud of him.
UPDATE: Wondering why you aren’t seeing anything about the union thuggery of the CWA and similar ilk in the mainstream media, like the papers and such? Well, there’s a reason for that. (H/T: Glenn Reynolds)
UPDATE: “Elections have consequences — they won, we lost,” Ryan says. “That’s the way it works. So I just don’t understand this lack of respect for the rule of law.” (H/T: Ed Morrissey)
Oh my….What will the unions think about that?
Staff at the state Department of Regulation and Licensing have begun to review roughly 300 e-mail complaints about doctors issuing excuse notes for protesters at the state Capitol over the weekend, officials said Tuesday.
Complaints that name a specific doctor and the alleged violations of rules covered by their licenses will be forwarded to the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board. Letters specifying the complaint will be sent to the doctors at the start of the investigation. ….
Officials with the Madison and Milwaukee school districts also plan to scrutinize doctor’s notes presented to excuse absences during the protests. Because of the large number of teacher absences, Madison schools were closed for four days, and Milwaukee schools were closed for one.