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The Role of 'Educators'

jreinhardt Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 9:54 AM
Most teachers that I know in conservative south Georgia join in order to have access to legal services in case they are sued. While I was a member of GAE, they couldn't have told me to go to the bathroom, let alone to walk out on my students. I truly question where all this time to indoctrinate children comes into play. There is barely enough time to teach the 3 R's, but then I never had time to stand in the hall and talk to other teachers either. One big problem with education today does have to do with the books used for instruction. The big book companies run their products by California and Texas first because they are the largest purchasers of textbooks. So the rest of the country teaches what they choose.
wtmoore1 Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 1:26 PM
The legal liability, and access to representation along with a modicum of legal protection is spot on. My mother just retired from a 32 year teaching career in public schools, and she was incredibly afraid of even a groundless accusation, as that would have likely been enough to end her career before she had union representation.

And the other obvious reason is collective bargaining. Unfortunately, district administration often gives lip service to their teachers' organizations, giving them an opportunity to make salary "recommendations" which amount to non-binding suggestions that fall on deaf ears at the negotiating table when the district officials just decide to do whatever they want.
Many years ago, as a young man, I read a very interesting book about the rise of the Communists to power in China. In the last chapter, the author tried to explain why and how this had happened.

Among the factors he cited were the country's educators. That struck me as odd, and not very plausible, at the time. But the passing years have made that seem less and less odd, and more and more plausible. Today, I see our own educators playing a similar role in creating a mindset that undermines American society.

Schools were once thought of as places where a...