Remember the cash-prize contest to get rid of America’s 10 worst teachers unveiled a few days ago? A publicity stunt, to be sure, but it looks like Center for Union Facts already has received some worthy nominations:
Weâ€™ve received more than three hundred nominations since our â€œTen Worst Union-Protected Teachersâ€ contest launched at TeachersUnionExposed.com on Tuesday. Just to give you a hint of whatâ€™s been coming our way, here are a few of the entries weâ€™ve received so far (edited for privacy and clarity, of course):
* Music teacher. Takes personal cell phone calls and answers e-mail while kids are in the room waiting to be taught. She yells at them if they start to talk because she canâ€™t hear. Doesnâ€™t really teach anyways. Plays sing-along videos while she naps. Worst teacher Iâ€™ve ever seen.
* She can be heard shouting at her FIRST grade students all the way to the end of the hall. She threw a book at a student last year. She kicked a student the year before. She told my son he was too stupid to ever be anything. She also told him heâ€™d never be smart enough to do anything but be an idiot. To this day, heâ€™s a 4th grade homeschool student, he believes heâ€™s too stupid to do anything. She deserves the nomination because sheâ€™s EARNED IT.
* [Nominee] is an raging alcoholic. He drinks Scope and spits wherever he feels. He doesnâ€™t know what an iron or ironing board looks like. He sleeps on the job in his office and repeatedly comes to class late because his inner alarm clock never rings. I donâ€™t even know if he is a good teacher or a bad one but the icing on the cake is the fact that recently he has been urinating in a bottle and leaving it on the floor of his office because he is too lazy to actually walk to the menâ€™s room.
Do you have a bad union-protected teacher youâ€™d like to nominate? Visit TeachersUnionExposed.com to submit your entry.
There’s no doubt the teachers union plays a major part in keeping teachers like these ones from being dismissed. But they don’t have the only blame: Unions thrive as protectors of their members’ jobs where ineffectual management and leadership exist. Of course, unions can complain about the problem all they want – they aren’t that interested in changing the situation.
Meanwhile, whether administrators and board members have the political will to deal with the problem, bad teachers with tenure protections will remain hard to get out of the classroom.