Generational Destruction and Teacher’s Unions

Bookworm has some thoughts on keeping schools closed due to union pressures. I think she’s spot on. Let’s have a look.

1. President Trump wants to open the schools, so leftists reflexively oppose opening them.

2. Leftists think they can leverage school re-openings for political extortion. The Los Angeles teachers’ union is demanding, among many other things, that the city de-fund charter schools (their competition), raise taxes on the wealthy, and shrink class sizes by 50%. Meanwhile, in North Carolina, a teachers’ union is insisting that they won’t return to the classroom unless the state implemented universal healthcare for citizens and illegal aliens alike.

3. Having children at home puts enormous pressure on families. Single mothers can’t work at all. Two-parent families may be seeing their income shrink by 50%. This creates two possible responses:

The people who are mad with fear about the virus are also the people who think that Biden can actually make it all better.

Possible in 2020 America, but it’s also an indictment of the education these so-called adults received. No president can really do very much short term about the schools. Of course, calling off the Democratic dogs might be another matter. Or there is this:

Then there are the people who know this is all a con, intended to pressure people into voting for Biden. The way the con works is that, once Biden wins, the whole virus madness will end as swiftly as it did during the Black Lives Matter protests. These people want to vote for Trump, but they believe a vote for Biden is the only way to end this Democrat extortion.

Which ties back to my comment on the first option. It also brings to mind a bit of Kipling:

IT IS always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
To call upon a neighbour and to say: –
“We invaded you last night – we are quite prepared to fight,
 Unless you pay us cash to go away.”And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
And the people who ask it explain
That you’ve only to pay ’em the Dane-geld
And then you’ll get rid of the Dane!

It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation,
To puff and look important and to say: –
“Though we know we should defeat you,
we have not the time to meet you.
We will therefore pay you cash to go away.”

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
 But we’ve proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
 You never get rid of the Dane.

It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
 For fear they should succumb and go astray;
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
You will find it better policy to say: —

“We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
 No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
 And the nation that plays it is lost!”

Anybody think teacher’s unions are any different?

Then there is the other side:

1. There’s nothing conservatives want more than to see the end of public schools. Students stuck in bad districts don’t get educated at all and students in all districts are subject to non-stop leftist indoctrination. Additionally, the teachers’ unions are consistently the largest Democrat donors in most elections. […]

2. Keeping kids out of school is really bad for them. We know that, unless they’re terribly immune-compromised or weak in other ways, the virus is a mere nothing to them. Keeping them out of school won’t save their lives.

However, long-distance education is nothing fish nor fowl. It’s not homeschooling, which has a separate dynamic that’s very focused on the individual. Instead, it’s drone schooling, […]

Another problem is that children need to socialize. Not only are they being kept from school, but they’re also not even supposed to see other children under this paranoid regime. […]

Lastly, children need to develop their immune systems. By protecting them from the one virus, we’re preventing them from exposure to all the other things that their body needs if it’s to educate the immune system to protect them throughout their lives. […]

A hearty YUP to all five, and probably another dozen neither Book nor I thought of. It’s the worst of all possible non-answers to a non-existent problem. Why exactly should we allow teachers (and their unions) who have time and again proved that they care less than nothing about anybody but themselves and their political power to completely ruin another generation of our children?

I can’t stop thinking about that woman in Arizona who threw her toddler out the window to save it. She was already on fire and might have saved herself by jumping after the baby. She didn’t, though. Instead, she stayed in the apartment, burning to death, to make sure that her 8-year-old daughter survived (which the girl did). Would that mother be so afraid of a virus that she would willingly destroy her children’s education and socialization? (And again, that’s assuming there are such benefits from modern public school education.)

It’s an excellent point and those responsible should be thinking long and hard about it.

Read her full post (linked above). It’s the most common sense I’ve seen on the topic.

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7 Responses to Generational Destruction and Teacher’s Unions

  1. audremyers says:

    Gosh, NEO, reading you is very humbling; how many books, periodicals, articles do you read in a day?

    I have little to add; no comment worth the time to type but I fear we, Americans, are at a breaking point. How that will display itself is also something I fear. But I’m over my cv19 fear – what will be will be and a Christian is supposed to have better resources and understanding in regard to fear. I had forgotten that but I remember it now.

    Loved the Kipling. He was brilliant, wasn’t he?

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      I get around some.

      Yeah, I know, it’s easy to lose our head when all about us are – the old order, counterorder, disorder drill.

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  2. the unit says:

    Look like we’re “running out of time” for talking with the abuses of free speech and assembly going on.
    We’ll just have to give “advanced notice”.
    Going to have to “slap/knock some sense into” some folks.
    And any other idioms one has ever heard or needs on occasion. 🙂

    Click to access Idioms-and-Expressions.pdf

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    • NEO says:

      Yep. and that is a good link. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • the unit says:

        I was thinking I was just entering the url for the link.
        Hope sending this .pdf, being so big it isn’t an overload for the comment section. I never know when a link is going to display in the ways they sometimes do.
        P.S. I just scrolled thru 34 pages and was surprised how many I’d heard before.

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        • NEO says:

          Yeah, I glanced at about 20 or so. They (whoever they are) say that one of the hardest things about learning English as an adult is how idiomatic it is, with the idioms not always seeming rational.

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