“Get the government out of our schools. Get rid of the teachers unions. End the Department of Education. Start teaching the children "REAL" history. Quit being PC in our schools. Children need to learn that people win and people lose. Facts of life. If children don't learn this in school, they will never be prepared to handle it in their adult life. We have become a nation of entitlement and our schools have much to blame for that. Get back to shop classes, gym classes, as well as many other classes that teach our children technical skills that they can use in their future. Hold our teachers responsible for their actions and demand better out of them. I am all for rewarding good teachers and getting rid of the dead weight that only hurts our children. There are a lot of good teachers, but their unions allow the bad of the lot to continue teaching our children. It's time to put an end to the teacher unions and allow them to stand on their own merit. Inflated benefits does not give us better education - proven fact. Let us deal with reality and teach our children the best lesson of all - they will be held accountable for their actions and nothing in life is free.”
prlabella on Jan 10, 2012 at 11:31:38
“Lspoken like a true republican.”
mlaiuppa on Jan 9, 2012 at 22:59:03
“You do those first four things and watch the United State's standing in global education plummet.”
OldSchool4942 on Jan 9, 2012 at 22:40:08
“Some of what you said was good. But I keep hearing this thread in a lot of comments. Get rid of the union. The teachers union did protect teachers from administrators and school boards. But if you look at the trend, the unions are trying to build a framework of evaluations that are fair and first offer a way to improve the teacher and if that doesn't work, to fire them.
It is no child left behind that has focused classes in science math and English. The funding of special ed. and English as a second language programs have hurt the budget in many districts.
20 years ago teachers had terrible pay and benefits. I didn't hear anyone complaining. The unions have helped. But the benefits appear better than they are because the 99% have had their benefits and pensions screwed over by business. Now all the sudden teachers’ benefits look good. This is brought up by private groups of CEOs that are retired and helping to craft state bills to damage collective bargaining, workers’ wages, pension, and benefits. In Illinois they are called the Commercial Club of Chicago. All, it seems, they want to do is reduce taxes by hurting the workers.”
francisco cortes on Jan 9, 2012 at 22:25:16
“I have a few questions i hope someone could answer them:
1) Equity Project charter schools pay their teachers 125,000 dollars per year and they can be fired any time but only 31% of the students at this school pass the new york standardized tests, why if this school is supposed to get the best teachers money can buy?
2) Why KIPP and SUCCESS charter schools suspend almost half it's students?, if they hire the good teachers and fire the bad ones suspensions are not supposed to happen in charter schools, period!
3) If good teachers are supposed to being capable of teaching any kind of students and charters schools are center of educational innovation , why they reject special education students?
4) If politicians complain that bad teachers hurt students, why they do not complain when special education students are rejected by charter schools?