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Why Such an Ass?

Why are you being such an ass?

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/chris_rickert/article_a0fafe20-fffe-11e0-a10f-001cc4c03286.html

WEAC has historically served two roles a professional organization and a teacher’s union. It is in its professional capacity that the two days in October WEAC hosted a convention.

In short your children, I do pity them, will go to school two more days June in order for their lazy teacher to have “professional development” at the end of October. For some teachers, like Music and Gym, WEAC is their only opportunity at professional development. Many smaller districts heavily rely on WEAC for professional the development of their teachers. Yes, I know those evil unions using dues to fund teacher professional development.

MMSD, in keeping with the professional development theme, decided to have in depth discussions surrounding SIP Goals. But have no fear you would have been proud that teachers had this professional development with their coats on because schools are not heated when students are out the building.

But please quit being such an outright ass.

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3 responses to “Why Such an Ass?

  1. Chris Rickert ⋅

    Henry: Try as you might, you still haven’t convinced me that it makes sense to have a teachers convention on two weekdays in October and not during the two and a half months when school is out. A summer convention, to me, does not seem like a radical, insightful, union-hating or union-loving proposition. It seems incredibly obvious and practical.

    If that makes me an ass in your book, so be it.

    Thanks for writing.

    • Chris,

      Maybe its convention that is throwing you. It is simply professional development that will enable teachers to do their jobs better. In Madison its a mute point because the professional development is done by the district itself.

      I am not a big PD guy myself so if you want to make an argument against professional development I am ok with that. There is however the argument that with NCLB and other reforms you will have days set aside to discuss implementing those reforms.

      Why not the summer? One reason is teachers are not paid to work in the summer. They are paid to work for 10 months out of the year. Another is that is when teachers take their course work for re-certification. And lastly, summer will become a thing of the past. School years will become longer with breaks such as this one becoming more common.

      So yes that does make you an ass, and I hear 4 out of 5 of your neighbors agree.

  2. Chris Rickert ⋅

    So teachers are paid to go to their convention? That seems pretty ridiculous, too. Are you aware of a lot of other professions where the workplace pays for them to go to a professional association convention? I’m not.

    WEAC convention attendance had been falling for years; that’s part of the reason WEAC cancelled it this year. So its worth is in question not just by me.

    So you are suggesting that the convention not be held in the summer because some day (not yet, mind you, and not for that last 100 years) school will be held in summer?

    Teachers are paid a salary that they can get in the 10 months they work or spread out over 12 months. Either way, it’s a decent salary.

    So teachers work full time during that two-and-a-half-month break? No possible way to work in a two-day convention, right?

    Four out of five of my neighbors think I’m an ass. It would be nice, if true, if they could say that to my face. Instead, a person I don’t know, who has never met me, has apparently polled them and delivers the gossip via email. Classy.

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