How many of you have had teachers that did as little as possible to teach you anything? With some of these teachers, you could get as much from reading the text as you could from listening to their long drawn out monotone lectures that were the perfect cure for insomnia. There was nothing innovative about their lessons. Their classes were boring to say the least.
Then there were those teachers that made learning fun. They had different and unusual approaches to teaching that often captured your attention. By the time you completed their class, you discovered that you actually learned something.
I recall my high school biology teacher, Mrs. Shipley. She was an older woman and when you first looked at her, you thought she was going to be one of those boring teachers that I described above, but she was the exact opposite. She made biology fun and she made it real. Mrs. Shipley would often explain her lessons with flare, drama and an enthusiasm that made you want to know what was next.
We often studied for tests by dividing into quiz teams that competed against each other for extra credit. It was a common practice to have non-venomous snakes being held during class time. Sometimes on Friday’s if we had everything done, we would have the Friday Afternoon Fights. Mrs. Shipley would place a glass beaker on an overhead projector and then she would place a black widow spider and scorpion in the beaker and we would watch them fight. Sometimes the spider won and sometimes the scorpion won. Mrs. Shipley was the kind of teacher that you never really knew what to expect in class, but were always anxious to find out. She is the reason I pursued biology in college and graduate school.
Now let me ask you this question: should Mrs. Shipley have been paid exactly the same as the dry boring teacher that you learned very little from or do you think she should have been paid more because she was such a great teacher and students loved her classes?
Many school districts around the nation have tried to establish performance pay for teachers. They feel that it not only rewards good teachers, but it gives poor and mediocre teachers an incentive to be better teachers. However, very few school districts have such a program in effect and you know why? Unions!
Teacher unions, especially the National Education Association (NEA) are against such thing as performance based pay for teachers. For some reason the unions believe that such a performance based salary discriminates against the teachers that really shouldn’t be teachers in the first place.
Teachers’ unions do everything they can to block parents from having a choice of schools for their children. In fact, according to Lindsey Burke of The Heritage Foundation, teachers’ unions have blocked a number of major positive reforms for public education. Terry Moe, a Stanford professor and author of Special Interest: Teachers Unions and America’s Public Schools, says that most major reforms in education have failed because of the problems created by the unions.
As you look around the world and see how the American public education system falls further and further behind other nations, you can blame the teachers’ unions for a large part of that failure. The only reform they are interested in is to promote and teach the liberal progressive and socialist concepts that destroy the values, morals and religious foundations that made America great.
When you go to a store and realize that the cashier can’t even count out your change without the help of the computer, thank the unions. When you see them on the news and they sound like a complete illiterate, thank the unions. When your kids come home and tell you that homosexuality is great and that their teachers told them to vote for Obama, blame the unions. When your 13 year old daughter comes home and you find out she just had an abortion, thank the unions. As America is being dragged into the cesspool of hedonism, debauchery and perverseness, thank the unions.