Editor's note: This piece is excerpted from Mike Gallagher’s "50 Things Liberals Love to Hate."
If they Chicago teachers strike proves just one thing, it is this; liberals hate teachers. If you would permit me, let me explain this seemingly counterintuitive statement.
Liberals spend a whole lot of time trying to convince us they love teachers, but dig even skin deep into the matter and it becomes evident that liberals hate teachers. To understand just how much they hate teachers, consider the circumstances of their workplace. And compare it with yours and mine.
Think, for a minute, about what it might take for you to be fired from your job.
I know, I know. It’s an unpleasant thought. With millions of Americans out of work, why bring it up?
Still: what would it take? Think about all of the things you could do at your place of work that would get you bounced out of there in a hurry – drunkenness, violence, acts of abuse, theft, or maybe just being really really bad at your job.
Now imagine, for a moment, that you’re a public school teacher and a member of one of the powerful teachers unions. Go through that list again. What would it take to get fired from that job?
Well, for starters, none of the above.
Public school teachers enjoy a huge amount of job security, thanks to their powerful unions and inflexible work rules. In New York City, for instance, bad teachers aren’t fired – and bad here means not just bad at the job, but bad in other ways, too, like physical and sexual abuse. No, when school officials want to get a teacher out of the classroom, they have to go through an arduous and multi-year process, involving hearings and appeals and lawyers and more hearings. All the while, the teacher draws full pay.
It’s easier, in most cases, just to look the other way.
In Southern California recently, a teacher who was under arrest for sexually abusing his students was still drawing his full salary.
All of these “protections” were put into place to provide public school teachers with the kind of job security and cushy work rules that United Auto Workers have enjoyed. Which is why the American education system looks a lot like Chrysler and GM: old, out of touch, delivering an inferior product, and dependent on government bailouts.
Liberals don’t care about that, of course. They’re not interested in education. They’re interested in the education system. And there’s a big difference.