Liberty Just in Case

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Hollow Threats and the Teachers Unions

Posted by zaphriel on April 5, 2006

John Stossel hits it on the head,and shows us that unions, and teachers unions in particular, everywhere are allot more bluster than substance.

Calling the public school bluff

Last month, 500 angry schoolteachers assembled outside my office. The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) was furious that “Stupid in America,” a “20/20” show I did on education, suggested that some union teachers were lazy. They shouted that I didn’t understand how difficult teaching was, and chanted, “Shame on you!”

Randi Weingarten, head of New York City’s union, took the microphone and hollered, “Just teach for a week!” She said I could select from many schools. “We got high schools, we got elementary schools, we got junior high schools!”

I accepted. I even said I’d let the union pick the school. I thought I’d learn more about how difficult teaching is. …

Finally, four days before what was supposed to be my first day of class, they canceled. …

I wonder why the union even made the challenge. I suspect the UFT didn’t expect me to say yes. When I turned out not to be easily intimidated, the teachers’ union and the government school monopoly folded. Perhaps there’s a lesson there.

It is a very telling article, and akin to my experience here with the Teacher’s Union controlled Board of Education. They rule by bluster, intimidation and threat. if you don’t play ball, they help the administartion fire you. If you call them out they shout you down as being against the kids. They think they are the ONLY way, and they will prove it by any means necessary.

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