Nanny State Madness
A Modest Proposal to Fix Teacher Pensions
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  • EdReal

    In your haste to fulminate, you appear to have forgotten that the teachers didn’t make the rule. You do realize that it’s a federal law, right? Hypocrisy charges are absurd.
    By the way, the anti-teaching rhetoric at this blog is approaching the pathological.

    • johngbarker

      The education rhetoric also lacks even basic understanding of statistics and educational tests and measures. It is a sinkhole of ignorance in an otherwise well informed blog.

      • FriendlyGoat

        Actually, ignorance on anything this big predicts likely ignorance on plenty of things, because of the political ideology peddled here.

      • FriendlyGoat

        Actually, ignorance on anything this big predicts likely ignorance on plenty of things, because of the political ideology peddled here.

    • S.C. Schwarz

      Teachers may not legislate but they certainly lobby. In fact the teacher’s unions (NEA and UFT) are among the biggest, in terms of dollars, lobbies around.

      • EdReal

        They do indeed lobby. I’m pretty sure, however, they do not lobby for the First Lady’s moronic nutrition Nazi rules. However, I’m completely sure that whoever wrote this post has no idea, since he’s not really clear on his point other than Bad teachers! Bad!

    • Corlyss

      Surely you jest. Between the ag lobby and the teachers’ unions, its a wonder that any learning happens in public school as public school seems to exist solely as a makret for ag surplus and a way to hire a bunch of minorities on the states’ dime because otherwise nobody would have hired them in the crucial decades they were flooding into the workforce at large. I cringe every time I hear someone natter on about the sacredness of the school lunch program and the teachers’ unions.

      • EdReal

        Actually, quite a bit of learning happens. I’m no fan of NAEP, but scores are up, except at the high school level, and given how many additional kids aren’t dropping out, keeping them steady is pretty good.
        And you appear unaware that teaching is a predominantly white occupation, mostly female. One thing schools don’t do is hire a lot of minorities (although certainly schools operate as full employment schemes in certain big cities–Newark, I’m looking at you.)

        • Corlyss

          “And you appear unaware that teaching is a predominantly white occupation”

          Well, ya got me there. I based my comment on the overwhelming number of minorities that turn up on picket lines opposing teacher tenure and benefit changes in states that consider them. I checked, and by 2014 stats, you are absolutely correct. Whites outnumber minorities 82-18%.

          I knew it was predominantly a woman’s profession: I’ve written several times here about the fact that whenever women come to dominate a trade, immediately, compensation takes a nose-dive. It is becoming true of both law and medicine as women start to edge men out of dominance. Women’s enrollment in law schools and medical schools have exceeded men’s for some years; in the case of law school, it’s been several decades that women have outnumbered men. And now, if you follow what’s happening to the legal profession in WRM’s occasional reports here, the bulk of the tasks that were the bread-and-butter of MOST one- and two-attorney offices are becoming routinized and relegated to computer programs.

  • johngbarker

    This is an offensive and childish posting. Is it editorial policy on this blog to wish death on those with whom you disagree?

    • Corlyss

      Methinks you’re suffering from an irony deficiency.

  • Corlyss

    I’m glad this entire issue happened after I graduated schools where snack foods and sodas were verboten on campus, you had to have permission to go off campus to eat lunch at home, and you could get peanut butter and honey sandwiches for 7 cents and a half-pint of milk for 5.

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