I’ve always hated Teacher Appreciation Week

6 May

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I’ve always hated Teacher Appreciation Week.  I hate the way that large corporations like Exxon will use platitudes to make it look like they’re behind us 100% and hope to thereby soften their image and make people feel good about supporting their business.   Anytime I hear, “do you think good teachers should be paid more?”  I reflexively answer “Hell no!”  because I figure it’s some sort of education reform scheme worded as teacher appreciation.

I’m not complaining too much because we don’t get the useless platitudes from people making our lives difficult nearly as often as soldiers.  Man, they’re so beloved when their sent off to some godforsaken country half way around the world  — not so much when it’s time to fund the VA hospitals.

I used to get 2 teacher appreciation certificates from Arne Duncan.  One went to my correctly spelled name and one went to an incorrectly spelled version of my name.  It made me feel extra appreciated.  The state is trying to end any semblance of a dignified retirement for us, the city is looking for any excuse to terminate us.   Anyway, Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

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“UNO operates under $67,800,000 in outstanding debt. The $98 million state gift cannot be used to pay back this debt because it has been earmarked for capital projects, namely building or improving schools.  The only way to keep the UNO patronage train rolling is by continuously expanding and opening schools, with construction contractors serving as potential allies come election time.”

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“Nearly the entire school walked out, except for about three or four students per class, according to those at the protest. The school has nearly 2,000 students.”

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“But Mr. Rauner is a millionaire from Winnetka, able to buy a condo in Chicago to establish residency within the city limits. My wife and I work in the nonprofit sector, and our single residence is in a working-class neighborhood with a ZIP code beginning “606.” Based on geography, our children would not be slated to attend New Trier, as Mr. Rauner’s would. It goes without saying that we are in no position to purchase or rent a second home to make this possible. It is also worth emphasizing that a person of Mr. Rauner’s means could pay private school tuition with the swipe of his debit card — an option beyond the reach of most of us.”

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