90 Miles From Tyranny : Government Teachers’ Unions Unveil New COVID-19 Demand: Pay Us For Doing Nothing

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Government Teachers’ Unions Unveil New COVID-19 Demand: Pay Us For Doing Nothing

The pandemic has left everyone with lots of give and take. In educating our children, however, don't let teachers' unions take from our children to give to themselves.

As the Wuhan virus pandemic persists and wild rhetoric along with it, teachers unions are threatening to strike if schools reopen, but they’re also pushing to limit online teaching. These unions have long incentivized all the wrong things in education, but demanding teachers be paid to do virtually nothing is a new low. As a New York Times headline announced this week, teachers are “Wary of Returning to Class, and Online Instruction Too.”

Public school teachers around the country are fighting for schools to remain closed longer, to implement more expensive safety measures, and to limit teachers’ responsibilities with online learning, the article explains. These same teachers are threatening job walkouts if they don’t get their way and protesting at state capitols and on social media.

The second-largest teachers’ union in the country this week permitted its state and local chapters to strike if their school districts don’t take satisfactory precautions, such as revamping ventilation systems and instituting mask mandates, before the kids come back to school.

While teachers’ unions play politics, parents are trying to make game-time decisions amid constant uncertainty. Whether getting back to work themselves is a factor in their education strategies, parents need better options for their kids, who were so grossly underserved in the spring. After schools started shutting their doors in March and parents began reeling, rearranging their lives to accommodate at-home instruction, countless young people across the country fell behind.

One Bronx mother, whose 18-year-old son has autism, said in just a month he backslid by a year. “We all know there’s a pandemic. It’s affecting everyone,” she said. “You can’t just keep saying you’re scared. We’re all scared.”

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Meanwhile, as President Donald Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos push for in-person instruction, partisan educators and unions are resisting, even in states that have control of the virus. Many teachers are griping that they don’t have enough funding and guidance, and that the government is prioritizing the economy over...

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TVMA Doc said...

The teachers aren't doing anything anyway. How is "walking out" supposed to strengthen their cause? I'd say let's make this like most other jobs (aside from those protected by the government). If you don't work, you don't get paid. If you want your paycheck, you need to work.

Frank Fisher said...

I’d rather pay them to do nothing, instead of what they’ve been doing to our children’s minds.

Anonymous said...

I agree with both statements!
Let them strike! Walkout! Go ahead, goodbye! You strike you forefit your job, your pension, and your benefits provided by the district. You're black balled and can never be re-hired within the district.
Get community volunteers to take over the positions until new teachers can be vetted, hired, and brought on board. The syllabus is already in existence, teaching materials from last year still exist! These individuals are not irreplaceable?! I'd wager you could find enough retired teachers willing to come back for 3, 6, or 9 month contracts to babysit the kids and fumble through the material as best they can.

Do it ONCE, and watch every other teachers union stop spreading this ridiculous manure. Much as I dislike some things about the guy, Trumps the rump that we need to do something like this.