originally posted by: sheepslayer247
a reply to: burdman30ott6
I can agree with that. But this Koch plan is not a better alternative. I think that we have come to the point where we need to keep all of the
politics/unions/religion..out of the educations system and concentrate on teaching what is needed to prepare our kids for the future.
I agree, but is that realistic in today's politically fractured environment? Look at what brought the Koch Brothers into the public eye and into the
crosshairs of the left to begin with... Wis. governor Scott Walker broke the teacher union in the state. Now, if we stand in agreement that the
teacher union is left leaning and politically off center by nature and by deed, then we stand in agreement that breaking it and unempowering the union
was a good way to de-politicize the Wisconsin education system. You and I are both well read enough to know that exactly the opposite occured.
Of course, teacher unions must respond differently depending on conditions they face.
I know. I am from Milwaukee, WI. I was elected president of the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association, the largest union local in the state,
just weeks after Governor Scott Walker and his Koch brother friends imposed Act 10 on public sector workers (except the police and firefighter unions
that had endorsed him).
How is the above quoted educator in any manner going to be rational and unbiased in their teaching? The venom and the bile runs too deep. I would
hope that nobody is naive enough to believe that these educators aren't lambasting and villifying the Kochs and the Walkers to their students.
The MTEA’s response has been to accelerate our work as a social justice teacher union. We believe that schools must become greenhouses for both
democracy and community revitalization.
"Greenhouses for democracy"... "social justice"... That's the type of greenhouse gas which is contributing to educational lukewarming. This
author, an educator, clearly views the classroon as a center of political endoctrination... ONE SIDED political endoctrination.
Whether teachers find themselves in the backward state of Wisconsin, or a state with more progressive labor and educational laws, teacher unions
should reimagine themselves and move toward social justice unionism.
Is there any way whatsoever to not read the above as a clear-cut mockery of conservative ideology combined with a deification of the liberal model?
Remember, this is an educator writing this article.
Bob Peterson is President of the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association. A founding editor of Rethinking Schools, he has taught 5th grade for
30 years in MPS. He is co-editor with Michael Charney of Transforming Teacher Unions: Fighting for Better Schools and Social Justice (Rethinking
5th graders! That scares me.
In closing, food for thought here and why the liberal-saturated educational model of America scares me a lot more than one single, right leaning
course offering does, I quote Adolf Hitler.
He alone, who owns the youth, gains the Future!
I am not comparing liberals or teachers to Hitler... ANYONE who would make such a comparison (or, for that matter, try to compare Obama, Bush, the
Kochs, or virtually any modern politician to Hitler) is a complete and total ass with no understanding of history and lacking the credibility needed
to properly tie their shoes, let alone make political statements. What I am saying is that there's a strategy hidden there which has been used for
generations. All political ideologues attempt to pass their ideologies on to impressionable young minds early and often in the name of molding those
minds to join the groupthink party. That's messed up regardless of which "side" is doing it. What is far more difficult to decypher is what
ideologies are intrinsically 'American', superceding all partisanship and rising above the party nonsense. I think that's a damn tough nut to
crack. In my short 38 years of life, I've seen "Patriotism" morph from being a bipartisan construct to being something "only the right follows"
to now being something "dangerous" which could indicate a domestic terrorist trait. I've seen capitalism, the building block of the country, drug
through the mud. I've seen countless assaults on the 2nd Ammendment, splitting that clearly undeniable Constitutional Right into a partisan
bitch-fest. I've seen the Right assault the first Ammendment, endorsing ass-brained "Free-Speech zones", which were properly lambasted by the
left... only to see the partisan whores do a 180 when their dude took power and now the left endorses while the right whines over it. That's the
real problem here. Nobody is honest and intelligent enough to just say "STFU" to the partisanship and re-instate America's founding principles as
being teflon and above these party lines of arguing. You could say that AMerica 2014 has disenfranchised the Founding Fathers.