The Chicago Teachers Union lays out the framework to strike a deal with the city. The details are of no matter because there was a gem of an interview given by a Chicago teacher. The interview was torn apart by freedomainradio.com host Stefan Molyneux, who did not disappoint his herd of followers.
The teacher gives some reasons why they deserve a raise. This is only possible from someone who has never worked in the private sector. Here is a quick highlight of everything said in response to the main points.
1. We are not greedy people.
She’s not greedy people she’s not part of the greedy group. Fantastic.
2. We are extremely passionate.
Greed is a passion.
3. I would not do this job for the money.
Then don’t do it for money. Do it for free.
4. I don’t make $71,000 per year (Average for Chicago school teacher). I don’t know anyone else that is here that does.
2 months off in the summer. Health care. Pension. Worth over $100,000 per year. She does not understand what an average means.
5. The media has been bashing us calling us lazy. We are not lazy. I’ve been here since 6:30am on strike.
She has been out since 6:30am to NOT TEACH! Brain hurts.
6. I go to school on time.
You do not get a raise for showing up on time. This is someone who has been in the public sector for over 20 years. Students don’t get an A for just showing up. For showing up, you get to keep a job if you are productive.
7. We are extremely hard working and are there for our students.
You are on strike, so you are not there for your students.
8. We believe in education, we believe in public education and we believe in fairness.
Not a single rational argument. Collectivist garbage.
9. Support us in our cause to make the schools better.
Students can fail, teacher cannot fail. That’s a problem.
10. There are too many students and poor working conditions.
Raising teacher salaries is not going to fix the overcrowded classrooms. 75% of the money goes to teacher pensions. AKA healthcare and retirement.
11. Merit-Based Pay
Yes, politics is full of hypocrisy.
Here is a 2 part discussion merged into one:
HOMESCHOOL – UNSCHOOL
In second segment, Molyneux broke down the day of a teacher and calculated that they teach 3 hours. Here are all the distractions that keeps teachers from actually teaching.
1. Teachers have a 7 1/2 hour day, so how much are that actually teaching.
2. Teachers have to be in school 1/2 hour before and after school (1 hour total–6 1/2 hours teaching).
3. 30 minute recess in morning and afternoon (5 1/2 hours teaching)
4. 1 hour lunch break where children get recess time. (4 1/2)
5. PE or music class (3 1/2 hours teaching)
6. 30 minutes of silent reading each day (3 hours teaching)
7. Kids arrive, put away their backpack, packed lunches, collect homework,attendance, ect. (2 3/4 or less hours of teaching)
The point is then made that this bodes well for those looking to homeschool or unschool because 3 hours is not too daunting of a task.
TO THE POINT
The mindset of the public sector as a whole is dismal but there are a number of good teachers who are wrapped up in it out of necessity or fear, knowing the system makes no sense. Despite that, teachers and their public sector unions are a force of contradiction. The fact is that teachers get a 2-3 months every summer to figure out an alternative way to make money if they are not happy with their jobs. How awesome would it be, for all you private sector readers, if you got 3 months every summer to figure out a better way to make money? Would that not be the coolest, most amazing opportunity. Yes, that is what I thought. But somehow, someway they don’t recognize this opportunity to leave their oh-so-wretched jobs.Why and how can they not recognize this opportunity ever summer dangling in their faces? How can these people be teaching our kids?
If determined, most could probably find work in another field in the free market but they choose not to. The reason they choose not to is they don’t think they can do any better. Whether this is true or not depends on the individual but rooted in everyone is the ability to survive and most will find a way to pay the bills at the very least. The good thing about getting older is you gain experience, so every time you leave job you should expect to make more money. This is so simple to explain, it sounds like it should be taught to a 2nd grader.