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Harry Reid Only Interested In Creating Union Jobs

So Pinky the Pinko has a jobs plan eh? Alright, let’s have a look shall we?

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“The bill we are introducing today continues that focus by creating or saving approximately 400,000 jobs for teachers, cops and first responders,” the Democratic leader promised.

Notice anything?  All of those jobs are for unions.  To hell with the rest of you!

Anyone can use the ‘created or saved’ line.  I created or saved thousands of jobs today because I didn’t finish getting the leaves out of my yard, and I’m on the internet right now.  Prove me wrong.

Now comes the math and hard facts.

Who’s going to pay those salaries after this one time windfall from the federal government is used up?  Oops!  Didn’t think that far ahead did ya?  Yes he did.  This is nothing new.  It is a little ironic considering Nevada is having an issue with first responders bilking the taxpayer for millions in fake overtime.  It’s an issue I was at the forefront of when I was in Vegas.  Some of the first responders made more than the President of the United States annually.

It should also be noted that hiring more teachers just means you are dipping deeper into the population to fill those jobs.  That translates to lower quality teachers.  It’s the tried and true ‘quality vs quantity’ scenario.

Good to know Pinky is looking out only for union workers, while sticking the taxpayers with new deficit spending once this mini stimulus runs out.

 

Quantity Over Quality Degrading Police Relations With Public

As has been proven with education, the hiring of more and more police officers is not always beneficial.

It’s natural to assume more teachers equals better education.  That logic also dictates that more cops equals safer streets. Unfortunately, both instances seem to be wrong.

It all goes back to a very simple dilemma … quantity vs quality?

Several studies have shown that a policy that focuses on more teachers, as opposed to higher quality teachers, leads to a decline in quality of education.  The premise is simple … to get more teachers, you must dig deeper into the population to hire them.  Eventually, you run out of quality candidates.  As a result, you have lower quality teachers teaching your children.

Though a study has never been done, I’d assume the same premise would apply to law enforcement.  I don’t know that there is a better explanation for the rapid increase in police abuse over the past decade.

With municipalities constantly asking for (and receiving) funds for more police officers, they were bound to start recruiting the lowest common denominator.

Click to read more to see a video of a police officer who recently threatened to beat a woman, threatening to beat her companion, and threaten to “execute” a man … all several times during the same stop.

Please note … graphic language throughout.

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Teachers Fired For Sucking At Their Job Allege Bias Because All Evaluations Are Biased … Not Joking

The teaching profession has become a battle of quality vs quantity.  On the teacher’s side is quantity. On the public’s side is quality.

The teacher’s unions have publicly stated that educating your children is NOT their top priority … bettering their financial situation is.

(Note: Some have alleged that Chanin’s speech was taken out of context.  It wasn’t.  Full transcript here from Media Matters defending him.  No, he didn’t say the NEA doesn’t care about kids.  He did say they are not the NEA’s top priority several times.)

Teachers unions exist for one reason, to get more members.  Why?  Because the more members, the more dues they can collect.  Just like any other corporation.

Bad teachers, and their defenders, always cry foul when the public decides that it is time to focus on quality of teachers as apposed to quantity.  When this happens, bad teachers get fired.  As they should.

Such is the case in Washington DC.

The final bell rang for 413 D.C. public school employees Friday, after officials announced they were being laid off for poor performance and failure to meet licensing requirements.

At this point, all rational debate stops.  Rational people can debate the merits of class size, and teacher compensation.  Rational people will never disagree that teachers who consistently perform poorly, and don’t meet licensing requirements, should be fired.  So be prepared for an irrational argument if someone you know disagrees with these firings.

As is always the case, the teachers have defended themselves.

Still, the Washington Teachers Union has issues with “IMPACT”, and they don’t think this particular evaluation system gives their members a fair shake.

“‘IMPACT’ as an evaluation system is biased,” contends Washington Teachers’ Union President Nathan A. Saunders. “And most, if not all, evaluation systems run by other human beings have been proven to be biased.”

So the only way these teachers can get a fair shake is if Skynet ran the world?

Naturally, the union rep/moron here is upset that the union will lose out on profit because less teachers will be paying dues.  However, I think the inability to offer a coherent defense of these fired teachers speaks for itself.

It’s the union’s infectious profit driven behavior that leads to massive teacher cheating.

178 Teachers Caught In Widespread Student Cheating Scandal To Increase Their Own Salaries

In what could be the most widespread single account of corrupt public education, 178 educators (including principals) were caught defrauding the government and the taxpayer, as well as the children themselves.

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Teachers and principals erased and corrected mistakes on students’ answer sheets.

Area superintendents silenced whistle-blowers and rewarded subordinates who met academic goals by any means possible.

Superintendent Beverly Hall and her top aides ignored, buried, destroyed or altered complaints about misconduct, claimed ignorance of wrongdoing and accused naysayers of failing to believe in poor children’s ability to learn.

For years — as long as a decade — this was how the Atlanta school district produced gains on state curriculum tests.

Right about now someone will tell me to stop picking on these poor teachers.  They were forced to do it, or their pay is so low they had to do it to survive … something along those lines.

80 of them have already confessed, it’s been going on over a decade, and they know that 44 of 56 schools participated.

One teacher said:

“APS is run like the mob,” one teacher told investigators, saying she cheated because she feared retaliation if she didn’t.

That’s because APS (like all public schools) is dominated by teacher’s unions.  They are little more than the mob, but that’s no excuse.

There is pending criminal charges as well.  Hopefully they’ll actually get the charges right. If teachers used these scores to increase their salary, chances are the amount of increase qualifies as felonious fraud.  Yes, they should be charged with felonies.

Another aspect of this is whether or not the students benefited from these false grades by getting scholarships.  Now the issuing institution has also been defrauded.  We must also consider any students who failed at the next level, but still has student loan debt.

The Audacity Of Edumacation

Is it ever possible to have teachers be … well … educated?  At least on the issues that affect their lives?  I must admit that I’m losing hope.

Not only do teachers just plain ignore the facts when it comes to education, but they allow a political driving force to represent them and affect their classrooms.  The teacher’s unions have one job, and one job only … make more money!  How do they do that?  They charge union dues.  Then they charge more in dues in order to make more money.  To do that, they fight to raise the teacher’s salary so they can charge them more.  The teachers want more money in spite of spending more on dues, and they get behind the union.  After all, who doesn’t want more money?  The teachers and unions are just the same as any other greedy corporation.  The difference is that corporations are private entities who are not beholden to the community trust, teachers are.

All this marching, chanting, lying to employers, getting fake doctor’s notes, and causing harm to your child’s education has nothing to do with a wish to better education at all.  It’s about money, plain and simple.  Don’t take my word for it, take the word of a national education labor leader (second segment).

When you have teachers more concerned with using your kids as propaganda pieces instead of teaching them in the classroom, your child’s education is fighting an uphill battle.  Unless, of course, you go the private school route where teachers are paid much less, but get much better results.  Still, I have teachers tell me that if only we paid them more, they’d care more.  They are already paid more than the average citizen as it is, and that isn’t good enough.

If they’d care more if they were paid more, how does that explain the best funded school districts having such a high failure rate?

If more money is the answer then why have we seen no return on our investment?  Since the 70′s we’ve increased per pupil spending tremendously (even when adjusted), but have yielded no results.

This outcome is universally acknowledged. CATO just has pretty graphs.

Class room size also is a non-issue.  Why do other countries with much larger classrooms dish out better educated kids?  Studies have also shown that reducing class size increases the number of teachers needed, which forces schools to settle on inferior teachers to fill needed slots.  It’s simple quantity over quality.

It’s time for teachers to realize the real problems with education.

  • Education has become less about the kid’s education, and more about money, politics, and power.
  • The Department of Education is simply a massive failure.
  • School districts around the country are top-heavy.  This causes less money per pupil to get into the classroom, in spite of much more funding per pupil.
  • Why does someone with a Masters in math have to get a teaching degree before they can teach math?  That could be the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.
  • Teachers have their hands tied in dealing with disruptive students.  It’s not the size of the classroom, it’s the inability to control the classroom.
  • There are too many teachers … period.  This has reduced the quality of educator in the classroom, and allowed schools to be filled with teachers who don’t really care about kids.  All they care about is their above national average salary (after a few years), tenure, and perpetual job security even if they are a terrible teacher.

There is a family element to this as well, but great teaching can overcome it.  Just as a great family situation can overcome terrible teaching.

Once teachers can put forth the effort to inform themselves (come on, be a role model for your students), then the problem will start to get resolved.

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