A stunning column about the anti-teacher stupidity
Normally, the Examiner chain of "citizen journalism" e-newspapers are full of lame writing and secondhand news. And one certainly isn't expecting to ind the most cogent opinion writing coming out of such a outlet in the reactionary cesspool that calls itself Kansas. So I was startled to stumble upon this:
Please — anyone who values teachers and things they've gotten a bad rap, or who believes they are nothing but collateral damage in a drive to privatize and monetize education — read this.
Here's just a sample:
In what other profession are the licensed professionals considered the LEAST knowledgeable about the job? You seldom if ever hear “that guy couldn’t possibly know a thing about law enforcement – he’s a police officer”, or “she can’t be trusted talking about fire safety – she’s a firefighter.”
In what other profession is experience viewed as a liability rather than an asset? You won’t find a contractor advertising “choose me – I’ve never done this before”, and your doctor won’t recommend a surgeon on the basis of her “having very little experience with the procedure”.
In what other profession is the desire for competitive salary viewed as proof of callous indifference towards the job? You won’t hear many say “that lawyer charges a lot of money, she obviously doesn’t care about her clients”, or “that coach earns millions – clearly he doesn’t care about the team.”