Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Christie strikes again!

Apparently it's School Budget voting time in New Jersey and Gov. Christie has come out swinging (ht Jammie Wearing Fool).  Christie is accusing the teachers union of 'using the students like drug mules' in order to squeeze more money out of the taxpayers in New Jersey.  According to Christie, the union and its members have been using the classrooms as bully pulpits and 'homework' assignments as data-gathering devices.  The quote:
"Scaring students in the classroom, scaring parents with the notes home in the bookbags, and the mandatory 'Project Democracy Homework' asking your parents about what they're going to do in the school board election, and reporting back to your teachers union representatives, using the students like drug mules to carry information back to the classroom, is reprehensible."
The culture of corruption is everywhere and I think it is more prevalent in the educational systems of this country than anywhere else.  And that's what's so scary about it--these morally bankrupt thugs are the ones who are nominally supposed to be teaching the youth of this country.  And they are failing miserably and are trying to drag more money out of the taxpayers in order to fund their mediocrity.  Don't get me wrong, there are some smart, educated teachers out there who really want to help kids to learn.  But they are bogged down by the detrius of the rest and are forced to become mediocre so that the others don't 'look bad'.

I hope the taxpayers of New Jersey show the same sense that got Christie elected and will side with him on this.


Michael Fagan said...

I agree with you in general, except that I have no hesitation in pushing the stake right through the ribcage and saying that both state and federal government should be removed from the business of education entirely, and right now - this very day.

Christie, being a politician, is aiming his strike at a few twiglets and leaves on the edges of the weed rather than tear the whole bloody thing up by the root because he can't do that, only parents can to the extent that they invest their time in homeschooling or private school options or get their kids out of the state system as soon as they possibly can. The education market (i.e. parents) must first realize that it really is a market, not forever written in the stars to be a department of government, and then the market must revolt against shitty services and fat leaching bastards in the teachers union.

A tax strike (not a tea party protest) would be the natural complement to this market revolt - parents getting together and refusing to pay state taxes citing the evil teachers' union as their casus belli - although there is no good reason why such a strike could not extend to encompass all manner of other government encroachments (e.g. healthcare) in what must properly be understood as the market basis of American society.

Sevesteen said...

I had a high-school Government teacher running for school board. One of our extra-credit assignments was to work on a political campaign, and he apparently didn't see a conflict of interest in including his campaign for credit.

Midwest Chick said...

Michael: you're preaching to the choir on this. Totally with you.

Sevesteen: Openly working on a campaign is one thing. Using a class assignment to try to find out how parents are going to vote is another.

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