Minnesota teacher unions aren't the problem

  • Article by: Eva Lockhart
  • Updated: June 13, 2013 - 8:26 PM

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bgronniJun. 13, 13 8:53 PM

The unions are out for the teachers at the expense of the students. Do the math.

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chlyn001Jun. 13, 13 9:11 PM

Happy teachers make for happy schools and students, and the great thing is teachers aren't really asking for much. Maybe fair pay and a little respect for the good job they are, by and large, doing for all of us.

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elmore1Jun. 13, 13 9:33 PM

The unions keep defending the status quo and the taxpayers continue to pour more money into education. It would be nice to see someone create a reasonable blueprint to move MN forward. Our kids are competing in a global economy and status quo isn't good enough anymore.

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dave9398Jun. 13, 13 9:39 PM

From the referenced story to the Washington Post article - "I have worked with TFA teachers as mentor, and found them bright, enthusiastic, and dedicated--smart enough to know what they didn't know, and quick learners." --- These sound like terrible role models for our children...

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sharkysharkJun. 13, 13 9:49 PM

Teacher's unions (like all public employee unions) are most certainly the problem. They are in a huge conflict of interest with every other taxpayer. Their interests have less to do with the students and more to do with protecting their territory and grabbing as much as they can get from the public trough.

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tcatheartJun. 13, 1310:06 PM

Do the unions protect crappy teachers? Absolutely they do, but I don't know what the answer is. I really feel like the unions are necessary to help protect the teachers from vindictive administrators and districts who often times only see dollar signs. Remember, you can hire two new teachers for one experienced teacher. Districts would love to do this. There are also a lot of "language" issues that unions help protect teachers from. Do unions have drawbacks? Absolutely. But by and large, they help and protect teachers who are working hard, caring for your children, and educating our future under ever increasing pressure, scrutiny, and shrinking budgets.

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hermajestyJun. 13, 1310:08 PM

sharkyshark: Right-wingers are jealous of unionized employees because they're the only ones who still have the pay, job security, and benefits that MOST American workers used to have before "greed is good" became the motto of the American managerial class.

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braxozJun. 13, 1310:08 PM

dave9398 Jun. 13, 13 9:39 PM From the referenced story to the Washington Post article - "I have worked with TFA teachers as mentor, and found them bright, enthusiastic, and dedicated--smart enough to know what they didn't know, and quick learners." --- These sound like terrible role models for our children... _________ If you continued reading - the rest of the paragraph was: "They also separated themselves, quickly, from the other teachers on staff, including novices. They had their own professional development (lots of it, on Saturdays), they had their own social group. They were not part of the (excuse the buzz words) learning community. They were dedicated to raising the numbers, not building relationships. They were missionaries." Your quote was slightly out of context.

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sidneyfalcoJun. 13, 1310:15 PM

Typical teacher union clap-trap. Attack any alternative idea to traditional teaching. No one other than a union teacher could possibly teach our children. Marshal unrelated facts and statistics to build a false argument to attack any threat to the union.

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mgvetterJun. 13, 1310:16 PM

I would agree that teachers unions aren't the problem. The problem is the demise of the family, the lack of parental involvement , but the biggest of problems is the fact that the educated morons in Washington and Saint Paul have been making rules and not funding them for 50 years. Prior Lake High School has a Principal, 3 Assistant Principals, 2 Deans of Students, an Atheletic Director, and an Assistant Atheletic Director. I think that speaks volumes to where our priorities have gone. Obviously Athletics and administration are far more important than teachers and academics. Special Education is mandated but not funded properly and at PLHS is being managed by an administrator whose education is in Phy. Ed. Wow, and we wonder why the system isn't working!

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