This teacher, in a letter to the editor on p. 6 of the CTA's mouthpiece rag, doesn't get it:
I am frankly puzzled that some of our members still do not appreciate the very simple (almost simplistic) fact that there is no us/union without our students, the people about whom we dare to write occasional cover stories. We are fighting as a union, from our local chapters all the way to the national (NEA) level, to keep our students in our public schools for a more equitable and well-rounded educational and human experience.If that's true, why is the union entitled to my money? They're entitled to it by law because the union is supposed to be looking out for my interests, not students'. I should not be compelled to furnish money to an organization devoted to looking after students' interests. It is this teacher and her beliefs that are "simple (almost simplistic)"--in fact, they're dead wrong.