Friday, August 16, 2013

Give With One Hand, Stab With the Other

I'm fascinated by operations that love teachers. For one example, Target is giving 5 million bucks to schools. For another, the Daily News is honoring teachers as Hometown Heroes.

I suppose, when we look at Target's generosity, we are to forget the lengths to which they will go to thwart union right here in New York. Below you can view the anti-union video they show their new employees. The apparent Target employees participating are actually actors--and card-carrying union members. Thanks a lot, guys.

Anyone who follows history knows that the current deterioration of America's middle class is concurrent with decreased union membership. And any thinking person knows exactly why Target closes stores rather than face union. It's certainly not to benefit working people. And those kids Target claims to be supporting with this giveaway, based on your purchases, will be working people one day. If you shop at Target, you're supporting people who want to illegally deprive Americans of union benefits. Try Costco instead. They are at least partially unionized, and they treat their employees better.

As for the Daily News, the Hometown Heroes campaign is fine. It's good to honor teachers. But it's also good to be fair to them. One part of fairness entails telling the truth. In the recent spate of stories vilifying teachers based on unproven or rejected allegations, they aren't quite doing that. It very much appears that much of their info comes from legal expert Campbell Brown. I have no idea what makes her a legal expert, or what makes her an educational expert either. However, since she's regularly cited in these articles, I presume there's some basis for their having chosen her. They cite the group she runs, but I've yet to see who else belongs to it, or who funds it.

Oh, and based on her extensive expertise in whatever, Campbell Brown is part of the team that selects the Hometown Heroes. If I had a choice, which I do not, I'd rather see fair treatment of working teachers in news stories, and forgo the awards. I've probably said this multiple times, but I know one of the teachers accused of being a "perv" and a "sex creep," and there is no basis whatsoever for this name-calling, let alone for legal expert Campbell Brown's call that he be fired.

We're teachers. We are role models. We need to tell the truth. And the truth, being not so simple as it appears, takes a little thought on our part.

Let's lead by example. Let's show our kids critical thinking by thinking critically, rather than merely showing them which circles to blacken on Common Core exams.

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