While attending a gathering that provides all the evidence of why this Republican teacher is right to be a non-union teacher.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. told the country’s largest teacher’s union Tuesday that the Republican party, led by presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, doesn’t respect them.
“The fact of the matter is, we have a fundamentally different view. [Romney] doesn’t think that you all know much about to educate. His allies characterize you as not caring about students, but caring about yourselves,” Mr. Biden said in a speech at the National Education Association’s annual conference. As the largest labor union in the nation with more than 3 million members, the NEA is a key constituency for Mr. Biden’s and President Obama’s re-election hopes.
Mr. Biden found a friendly audience among NEA members, many of whom wore “Educators for Obama” T-shirts and chanted “four more years” as the vice president finished his remarks.
The speech was a key opportunity for Mr. Biden to rally big labor, which is still reeling from a crushing defeat in last month’s attempt to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The first-term Republican drew the ire of the NEA and other unions after implementing limits to the collective bargaining rights of state workers, including teachers.
Let's look at What Biden had to say -- beyond his mangled syntax in the first sentence.
He is exactly right -- many of us don't think that teachers unions and their officials give a damn about educating students. After all, the union is all about making sure its members get more pay and more job security -- and if that means defending bad teachers and those who have engaged in gross misconduct, then too bad for the kids. I'll never forget a colleague of mine -- a member (and building rep) of the one faculty organization in my district that is unambiguously a union -- stood up and announced that the best reason to join hi s group was that they would make sure the district could never fire you for anything short of touching a kid, and that's why he still had a job.
Sadly, in too many parts of the country teachers have no freedom to choose whether or not to be a member of the NEA or some other teachers organization -- membership is compelled. Again, that is about making sure that the professional organizers live high on the hog. Never mind the interests of those who don't want to be a member -- like the victims of a mafia shakedown, they have the choice of paying up or losing their livelihood. That's what the Scott Walker recall effort was all about -- the ability of the union to extort dues from the unwilling and to coerce unreasonable contracts from the taxpayers.
Do Republicans hate teachers? Hardly -- but we do have a problem with teachers unions.