Sunday, April 10, 2011

Free Speech for the Dumb: Rush Limbaugh

As readers of this blog know, I am a Republican and conservative. I love Rush Limbaugh, he is right about some stuff. But when it comes to categorizing teachers. he's an ass and dead wrong.
"Can we get rid of the myth once and for all that school teachers, anymore, are these average, ordinary, next-door neighbors who are just doing everything they can to further the educational experience of your children? That's not who they are. They are left-wing activists, active members of unions who are oriented first by a political agenda, second by their own well-being, and your kids come last.

Could these people who are making what they're making as a result of state and federal accidents, could they earn that money in the private sector on their own? Do they have the skills? Do they have the talent? Could they? Do they have the ability to even do what they're doing now reasonably well? The whole educational system has been co-opted by people who have found an easy way to a good living, and they realize it and they don't want to give it up without a fight. It's always about the money."
I am not a left-wing activist. My job is not about the money, if that were the case I would still be at UPS. I'm not gonna go point by point, but when a voice as powerful as Rush's attacks us, then the attacks are going to get louder and worse. I love education.


Ricochet said...

Could I have earned what I do in the private sector - I did, for years. In fact, I took a significant pay cut to teach, not counting what it took to get the teaching certificate.

There are some who teach for the summers off (I know some, so you must as well), there are some who cannot teach a dog to eat his dinner (as in teach the obvious, so they can't do something more involved) - but most are trying to educate sow's ears into silk purses. Proving, not even Limbaugh is perfect.

Mr. W said...

I wonder if people realize that every few years teachers have to pay just to keep teaching by renewing their credential. In CA we pay $75. Not to mention all of the training they make you do, sometimes you have to pay for it, just to keep working.