Teachers’ Union Engages Community to Confront Cult of Efficiency Pushed by Politicians

Christie shows little knowledge of how teachers spend their days. I always took my bathroom breaks with the kids, so I don’t get the bathroom break problem, but otherwise, teachers should have a few minutes to gather their thoughts. This would help them be refreshed and stay focused. When I was really ill and my adrenals were crashing regularly, I physically needed that half hour for lunch to lay down. Otherwise, I ran the risk of my legs being so weak that I could not stand. Which did happen a couple of times.
Until one teaches, you really don’t understand how difficult the job is — teaching requires an ability to “see” where the child is stuck and how you might explain something to them so that they understand it. And now that school systems have enthusiastically embraced smartboards, the children will, in my view, be even more distracted. Electronics is not a viable education tool, from my observation. It interferes with critical thinking in that it gives you instant answers instead of patience and waiting for the answer to come to you after giving a subject some thought. It’s easy to see this with the general public that has lost its ability to think critically…


This blog will take a short, early August break.  Look for a new post on Tuesday, August 11.

In her recent article in The Atlantic, Using the Restroom: A Privilege—If  You’re A Teacher, Alia Wong seems obsessed with one problem for teachers—particularly for elementary school teachers: There is little time in a school day for a teacher to have a few moments of solitude or get a cup of coffee or  use the restroom.  These problems were more serious back in the days before teachers’ unions grew their membership and their protections for teachers’ needs and rights.

I know something about this because my mother was an elementary school teacher. When we moved to Havre, Montana in 1960 in the middle of January, my mother immediately took a job to fill a mid-year opening.  It was the rule back then in Havre that teachers took the children outside…

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