I am a teacher. I’m a teacher because I care about children. I want them to get the best education possible and succeed in life. I believe in children. I admire them. They deal with so much and still manage to smile. I wish I could tell you all of the stories I hear from them – they’re wonderful, bright, beautiful, hyper little ping-pong balls of energy that I try to help mold into kind, productive, knowledgable adults. I love being a teacher. I do it for the kids.
But I don’t think it’s a big secret that I passionately hate teachers’ unions. Teachers’ unions are selfish, mean, self-serving organizations of bitter individuals with a liberal agenda. So since I’m a teacher for the sake of the children I teach, I am naturally opposed to such organizations. I teach in a right-to-work state, thankfully, so I’m not forced to join a union. But I do get asked to join one at least once a week. I get flyers in my mailbox at school regularly, and am spoken to about it frequently as well. I usually throw the flyers away and politely decline union membership with the excuse that money is really tight for me (and it is) and I just can’t afford union dues.
Just between you, me, and the fencepost, I’d sooner buy a homeless guy some booze than give my money to scumbag union bullies. But I digress.
As I said, I usually just throw the flyers away. But this morning I got this gem in my mailbox:
Here’s an excerpt from the flyer:
With your membership, you will also belong to the AFT (American Federation of Teachers) and the powerful AFL-CIO. No other [county] organization can offer you this. Uniting makes us stronger. The more people who join our union, the greater our voice grows. The louder our voice, the more our issues are heard . . . the one-room schoolhouse changed because of people who joined unions. Help make tomorrow better. Join today.
First of all, the suggestion that teachers’ unions are responsible for the end of the one-room schoolhouse is both unsubstantiated and completely ridiculous. Education changed because of a growing American population and the growing need of education to keep up with a changing world. Don’t get hurt patting yourselves on the back, union jerks.
I don’t know who these self-important dillweeds think they are, taking credit for the hard work of MILLIONS of teachers around the country. “Thank the union”? Are you freaking kidding me? How about thanking the teachers? Last time I checked, the unions never taught a child for a single second of a school day. Unions are busy funneling mandatory dues to Democrat candidates and union bosses’ six-figure salaries, while some teachers struggle to make ends meet. Get real, teachers. Unions are NOT there to help you. They’re there to make their bosses rich off of your money, which, by the way, none of them have ever worked for.
Teachers’ unions are full of the kind of people who make kids miss a week and a half of school in Chicago because $74,000+ a year just isn’t enough for them. One liberal commentator even admitted that “Part of this strike, it’s pretty clear, is that the union needed to have some theater for its members, let them blow off some steam, and that’s increasingly obvious.” Because it’s totally fine to not do your job and let kids go uneducated in order to “blow off some steam.” Are these people even grow-ups? Really?
This famous quote is my personal favorite:
When school children start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children.
- Albert Shanker, former President of the American Federation of Teachers
Yeah. Teachers’ unions care about kids about as much as the liberals care about unborn babies.
Let’s get back to that fantastic flyer, shall we? I’d just like to make it clear that I don’t ever intend to associate with the scandal-ridden AFL-CIO, and no informed teacher should associate with them. Nor do I need liability insurance. I don’t do stupid things, and I’m not a pervert, so I have nothing to worry about.
One last thing. I’ll never thank a union for the hard work of my fellow teachers. You shouldn’t either. Thank the teachers. They’re the ones who make a difference.