How do we make sure that our classrooms are taught by effective teachers? Fire them. The government solution to fixing anything to do with its workforce is to throw more money at problems and employees, whether or not that money exists. Those of us who appreciate the hard truth of how the real world works know that this solution can only end in failure, debt, and tears.
On Wednesday night the president talked about budgets and choices. Mr. Obama should know all about the synergy between politics, budgets, and education. He brought his model for investment in our public school system from Illinois (see: Blighted Fiscal Policy Travels From Illinois to the Oval Office), where Obama style investing in education has forced taxpayers to spend so much on government employee pension benefits that within three years the state will be spending more on public pensions than schooling children.
Arne Duncan’s insistence on collaborating with teachers’ unions paid off big with a teachers strike in Chicago that made national headlines (see: Union Stance Ridicules Duncan’s Collaboration Efforts). Teachers postured for the press, shuffled through the streets, and appeared to enjoy the party atmosphere as classrooms stood empty and children stayed home. While thoughtless taxpayers might be tempted to point blameful fingers at striking teachers, or even accuse them of disgracing the profession and embarrassing the Obama administration after it bent over for unions, we probably don’t understand the stresses that elevate their profession far above the jobs performed by private sector dullards.
The Obama Executive Order list is growing. Proclaiming “We Can’t Wait,” the White House has become comfortable going around Congress with the excuse that gridlock is getting in the way of saving the economy. The new immunity program for illegals shows just how far this administration is willing to go to keep supporters happy. With a new school year getting underway and the election looming closer, is the next order going to require us to pay teacher salaries to placate unions?
Are Republicans willing to shed serious political blood in the battle over public school reform? Will they go to war over school funding? In education money has become everything, and as we heard from the Congressional Budget Office last week, extra money is not something we should count on for school funding or anything else. It took us a long time to grow a public school system that forces us to spend too much, in part because we collaborate with unions over public employees (see: Union Stance Ridicules Duncan’s Collaboration Efforts).
There is a lot of angry whining rising from the streets of Chicago. Chicago Teachers Union members are showing themselves to be cut from the same cloth as the occupiers who infested the city during the NATO Summit.
Chicago teachers have swapped places with the occupiers. They found time to wail away during a work day rally this week while the Chicago Teachers Union continued threats to cut off an essential public service with a strike.
How does it feel to know that your government is betting on foreign students to rescue America from decline? Homeland Security is helping to make sure that your college-bound children compete with foreign students judged to be the “best and brightest.” Why do we protect American goods from foreign competition, but actively raise the stakes against our young people when it comes to education and jobs?
Should conservatives save themselves a lot of heartache and throw in the towel now? Republicans seem unable to get their message out without looking like villains (see: Do Republicans Want to be America’s Enemies?). With so many prime targets and renewed support from women a possibility thanks to Hilary Rosen, did House GOP members have to select a program to fund the newest bailout that could be used to throw women’s health in their faces?