Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Great Education Quotes From 2006

Mike at EIA (see blogroll at left) has some great ones (Jan 2 Intercepts). #4 surprises me--who believes that union rags aren't propaganda?

Update, 10/5/08: Here's a much more accurate link. What causes me to update this almost two years after writing it? Someone, somewhere, read it, as I learned from reading the Stat Counter stats....


Anonymous said...

Look at #7. Isn't that the position your district is in--still losing students yet your union is pushing for a salary increase? What's your opinion? Should SJUSD teachers get a pay raise this year?

Darren said...

The state has a cost of living adjustment built into the year's district budget/allotment, and my local union happily negotiated a lower raise than the state's COLA.

I could see your point if we got a raise higher than the COLA, but since we didn't even get the COLA, what's your point?

allen said...

The point is, what reason is there for any raise, above or below COLA?

I can certainly understand the desire for a raise but as the "customer", a member of the tax-paying public, what's in it for me? What I'm, ostensibly, paying for is to educate kids, blah, blah, blah. Yet there seems to be zero relationship between the rate of pay received by public education system employees and the amount of education that occurs.

While Stephanie Groce, the Columbus, Ohio school board member, may seem a wild-eyed heretic to some I have to wonder at her timorousness. Why should rate of pay be related to rising, falling or stable enrollment? That seems like no more important a factor in determining the pay of a teacher then the teacher's tenure.

My favorite's #3 with #5 second although it's a tough call. Number three is simply dopey while number five is an example of injudicious honesty. I'm not sure which is worse.