I am a teacher--retired after 37 years in the classroom. For all those years, money was taken out of my paycheck every month, against my will, to finance the radical teachers' union. During those years, I saw the gutting of the curriculum, the dumbing-down of material, and the addition of nonsensical, noneducational activities to the school day. Now the failing, dumbed-down schools are turning out dumbed-down teachers to teach our kids, trapping our kids in ignorance and making them ill-prepared for life. Mr. Gallagher is right and you are wrong.