Friday, December 12, 2008

A Dying Breed

Almost as extinct as the dinosaur, so rare that Anne Elk may yet develop a theory about me, I am a New York City public school teacher with only few years to go until retirement.

A few things about me and what I believe.

1. I'm a fairly accomplished person in several fields, none of which I will ever divulge here for fear that Joel Klein and his minions will track me down and stomp on the three or four remaining pieces of chalk I have left after my Teacher's Choice allocation was reduced.
2. The fact that I fear such things gives you an idea of my political leanings, especially as regards public education. I believe that Joel Klein and Mayor Bloomberg should both be lifted by the considerable slack of their pants and hoisted out into the night.
3. Ditto for Randi Weingarten and her pant suits.
4. I believe that a few simple measures would greatly improve public education. Smaller class sizes, better pay for teachers, and parental involvement would work wonders.

Finally, I believe that unionism is going the way of the brontosaurus, and that is a pity. Strong teacher unions are the only thing standing in the way of total bureaucratic control of public education (aka, the lunatics running the asylum). Perhaps, just perhaps, if enough of us band together and take a stand, we can take public education back before Anne Elk formulates a theory about its demise. Maybe I can even get a few extra pieces of chalk.

Mr. A. Talk

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