In the wake of the Wisconsin recall elections, this post was coming.
I’m very sad.
It is plainly clear that most of the people of Wisconsin think that teachers are pieces of shit. Scott Walker and his Republican congress made the biggest cuts to education in Wisconsin’s state history. They made cuts totaling $1.11 billion dollars. That was billion. Here’s a Politifact link in case you don’t believe me: click me. Walker also ended collective bargaining for teachers so that they no longer have the means to negotiate with their employers for fair wages and work expectations. Walker also decreased teacher salaries by making them pay more for healthcare and contribute to their pensions; you must think of that as a decrease in salary since that directly impacts the teacher’s take-home pay.
All of that is not new news. It is news that everyone knows (more or less). But from all I’ve heard from Wisconsin Republicans, they think that teachers are living high on the hog, they have to start living in the real world, they need to stop crying like babies, they need to take their licks like everyone else, they need to stop taking vacations to protest, and they’re not so special so they better shut up and pay up. In short, they believe that teachers are cry-baby shitheads. I’m all for fairness of pay and for more equal distributions of resources, but there has been a marked shift in respect for teachers. When people voted for Walker, they were basically saying that the teacher’s job isn’t that important, that we shouldn’t give so much to education. And for them, that is “moving us forward!”
Dead wrong. That moves us backwards. ONLY backwards. There is no forward thinking anywhere there. You see, TEACHERS ARE THE ONES EDUCATING THEIR CHILDREN!!!!! Yes, all their children who are supposed to grow up as money-making capitalists, scientists, engineers, managers, bankers, entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, writers, insurance agents, accountants…(you get the picture)…the only way they can get there and get there successfully is through the teachers (kindergarten through college) who will teach them those skills as well as many other skills that help them live fuller, meaningful lives. Without quality education and teachers, their children will not be in any of those professions. They would be dumbasses texting their dumbass friends. Therefore, TEACHERS ARE VERY VERY IMPORTANT.
The only way for success is for the people of Wisconsin to invest in the education of their children. The future of our state depends on that investment (actually our whole country depends on bigger investments in education). But if the state continues to divest itself from education, our educational system will suffer permanent effects (and many are saying that is now happening with all the cuts). With less aid and resources, we will not attract the best (or even better) teachers. They will go elsewhere. If class sizes are increased to accommodate teachers leaving and increased enrollments to generate more revenue, teachers will have less quality interaction with their students. Those are the trade-offs.
I, of course, value the role of the teacher. I think everyone should. Whether you agree with me or not, my guess is that without your teachers you wouldn’t have been able to read this far in this post. And that’s my point. Teachers are indispensable. Unfortunately, the current climate of Wisconsin and most of its people say very different.
That’s why I’m sad.