Thursday, March 09, 2006

I'm Certified Trailer Trash...

...working in a DoE trailer 5 times a day, 5 days a week. Yet you don't see me organizing marches protesting The Jerry Springer Show.

Eduwonk is absolutely right that teacher unions are focusing far too much attention on unprincipled media whore John Stossel. UFT President Randi Weingarten was foolish to appear on his idiotic special, since it was inevitable he’d portray her in the worst light imaginable. Anyone who knew anything about this man could have predicted what he’d say and do without even watching.

This is a man who's highlighted commentators denouncing the minimum wage because poor people in the United States have color televisions and microwave ovens, and therefore are doing pretty well after all. (In fact, they're "lucky duckies," according to the Wall Street Journal--since they make almost no money, they don't have to pay taxes.)

We need to choose our battles, they ought to be affirmative, and they ought not to supplement the publicity of a lowlife who's gotten far too much already. Stossel, like an obstinate child, thrives on such attention, and this battle is precisely the sort good teachers avoid in their classrooms.

Our unions should be fighting for us, not sullying themselves in wasteful, endless battles with attention-seeking, overpaid, willfully ignorant babosos.
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