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Thank you! I don't mean to brown nose, but that means a lot coming from one of my favorite members of ATS.
Were you in an area that knocked the teeth out of unions (public and private)? No need for specifics as I see your location is classified. Also was it like that when you first started?
I set out to become a teacher when I was younger but recoiled in horror when I accepted the full reality of the position. On some level, I feel if I were a better, stronger person I could have taken it on. So now I work in the construction industry. It's a better fit for someone like me ;-).
"I have reviewed the video and I am not going to approve any charges against the teacher," Funderburk said. "I talked with the attorney for the school board, and they do not wish to pursue any charges against the teacher." Board President Anthony Fontana says he thinks the whole thing was a "set up."
"The other four board members, now three, have been committed to getting rid of the superintendent. No matter how good the policy might be, they would be against it to cast disfavor on the superintendent to prevent him from getting a contract," said Fontana, who also is an attorney. "The whole issue, from day one, was that they were not going to give him a contract."
won't be surprised when this solid gold piece of sh# turns into yet another "nothing burger" and "fake news" once a minor past charge against the teacher is brought into light
Vermilion Parish Superintendent Jerome Puyau told CBS News' David Begnaud there are things he wishes he did differently at Monday night's board meeting. He vows the district will learn from this incident, but says the backlash has taken a toll on him and his family. "I hated what happened," Puyau said.
originally posted by: WeRpeons
a reply to: OrdoAdChao
Unions have been steadily attacked for years especially from Corporations. There's a lot of companies who move their entire factories down south because there's less organized labor with lower wages. I can understand some of the negatives about unions, such as protecting slackers who simply are not putting their fair share of work into the company or demanding wages that are way too high for some non-skilled positions.
As for teachers unions, they were strong in the late 70's and were the main reason why teachers paltry salaries rose due to Teacher strikes across the country. It's unfortunate the value placed on teachers in this country is so low, while we pay professional athletes millions of dollars who really don't give anything important back to society but entertainment for the public and money for their owners. Today skilled high school athletes get more full paid scholarships to universities than the hard working and brightest students in our high schools. It's all about bringing $$$$ to the university. It's a shame that today's university's hold their athletic programs as a priority, rather than giving more scholarships to intelligent young professionals that have a much larger impact on humanity than entertainment. I'm sure if you looked into most of these high school athletes GPA, a lot of them had less than a 2.0 average.
I was a teacher in an Inner-City school.
People would be surprised how many student teachers changed their majors after experiencing a week in an inner-city classroom. My own daughter used to substitute teach, until she got tired of being disrespected by students. Kids no longer have consequences for bad behavior and they have no fear of failing, detention or being suspended from school. The education bar has been lowered due to wide spread student apathy toward education. Nothing like setting our children up for failure when the enter the real world.
Back in my day, a student wouldn't even consider using the f-word toward a teacher, let alone talk back to them. If they did, the consequences was being paddled and/or suspended for 3 days or a week! If they continued with their bad behavior, they were eventually expelled. Back then students knew not to cross the line between them and the teacher. I remember if I got in trouble at school, I wouldn't dare tell my parents. I would have been grounded from going outside to play and as I got older grounded from using the car or watching TV, lol. It was tough love, but it kept most of us on the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, the classroom environment is no longer conducive to learning. What's sad is nothing is being done to fix it.
You made the right decision to choose a different profession my friend. Districts across the country are finding ways to keep teacher's salaries low. It's one of the main reasons why I retired early. Administrators in my district were going after veteran teachers who were at the top of the salary payroll, and harassing them to try to get them to retire early. I was one of 50 veteran teachers who accepted an early retirement incentive to retire early. What really surprised me, is my financial adviser told me 2 years before I took my early retirement, our neighboring state was doing this exact thing to their veteran teachers in their districts. It's all about saving money and not about the students or preserving good experienced teachers. Yet the districts top heavy administration continue to hold onto their jobs and get their hefty pay raises while teacher raises were put on hold for 4 years.
All this shortsightedness is causing a shortage of teachers. If I had college aged kids, I would certainly steer them away from the profession. [...]
It's funny you mentioned construction, because now that I'm retired, I'm doing some remodeling construction.