“Teachers love power,” a reader/troll recently wrote me.
He went on:
That is the crux of the problem. They love to say “I’m a teacher” and have that confer some exclusivity and superiority. Moral and otherwise. When the fact is they are government employees that utilize unions to negotiate that power abandoning any moral high ground they might believe they have because of their lofty personal mission to teach children. They abandon it in the search of personal security at the expense of quality education and the finances of the communities they serve. They want tenure and pensions and all manner of guarantees and autonomy, and they reject performance metrics in favor of demanding life long employment.
The noble self sacrificing person that they may have started out to be is lost or buried in the mire of socialistic education, red tape, and their own self interest.
Being a teacher confers you no moral or intellectual superiority and often the inverse is true because teachers tend to have no real world experience at all to draw from to teach students about what actually happens when you aren’t effectively an adult ward of the state.
No. It wasn’t Peter Cunningham.
“Teachers love power.” That statement kept rolling through my brain.
Yes. What can possibly be more powerful than being a K-5 Art teacher?
I Googled teacher + retired + images and this is what I got:
Look. It is pretty obvious that few go into teaching for the power.
Which is not to say that there isn’t potential power in the unity of teacher unions, parents and communities in the fight for social and economic justice.
But my reader/troll and I were just talking past each other. We view the world through entirely different lenses.
He looks at our contractually and constitutionally protected pension and then questions why only public employees have these guarantees.
I question it too.
I don’t understand how a humane society doesn’t guarantee a level of financial security to every retired and elderly person in the country.
When Anne and I traveled to the Netherlands this past summer and I told our hosts what it cost us as retirees for simple, basic health care, they were astonished.
And we have it better than most.
Believe me. If I had the power…