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Saturday, January 06, 2007

That damned NEA

What's Mallard raving about today?

The N.E.A., Teachers, Taxes.

I have to confess, attacking the N.E.A. always bemuses me. I understand that there's a right-wing bias against unions in general, but exactly whose sympathies are you supposed to be playing to? In a crowded room, how many people are going to agree with a cry of: "Fuck teachers!"


Kaitlyn said...

Unions are inherently evil, see, they're socialist.

So when our children's educators unionize, well, it's obvious they're pushing socialism.

Unions can be abused, but they are usually a great boon to the worker. It is so hard for educators in the south to unionize, and we need it here, Tennessee's in the 40s on the annual list of bad education states. Again.

I wonder if some of hatred towards teachers from mallard or the right wing isn't based in misogyny... after all, most teachers are women.

And most are liberal or democrat. Yes, it's a government job, serving the common good, and the pay is shit. I don't see many republicans there, and if I do, most are pissed at this administration, particularly for NCLB.

Can't wait to see the cartoon, still relying on the seattle pi.

Is it another resolution with mallard and his foamy drink?

Kaitlyn said...

Oh, I don't mean only some republican teachers are pissed at NCLB, all teachers are.

Kaitlyn said...

Finally read it.

The reason marit based pay won't work for education is because education cannot be quantified, standardized. Not if it's to be true to what it is, what it should be.

There are too many factors in education for something like 'merit-based' pay to work.

And this isn't the first time he's brought it up, he had a whole series on a waitress that didn't rely on tips, she got paid the same amount every day, no matter how lousy she was. Just like teachers!

Christ on a pogo stick, Mallard must have failed a lot of classes.

mapaghimagsik said...

Unions are the popular demons, and I think that he's trying to tap into the visceral anger of parents against "getting ripped off"

But merit based pay would be a problem because it would make them beholden to nutjob creationists.