BMEWS
 
Sarah Palin is allowed first dibs on Alaskan wolfpack kills.

calendar   Saturday - March 19, 2011

Thank who?

A couple of days ago I got an email from my high school buddy in Afghanistan:

If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you can read this in English, thank a veteran.
American by birth, Soldier by choice.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Then I started thinking about the underlying assumptions…

Here’s my reply: I’ve edited the names so as to protect my friend.

I hate to disagree. If I can read that, I’ll thank my parents. My mom used to sit me on her lap and read to me. By kindergarten I knew the alphabet and most of the phonetic sounds.

If I can read that in English and not German? Well, guess I’ll have to thank Grandpa Burgdorf, a first-generation German who ended up fighting in WWII. Admittedly, in the Pacific theatre. Guess it didn’t take too much time to conceive Mom. He was on Navy leave, Mom was born in ‘43. He wasn’t discharged until VJ Day. Family legend says he didn’t even see his only child until after VJ Day.

The fact that I can’t read it in Spanish? Thank Davy Crockett, Col. Travis, David Bowie, Sam Houston, President James Polk, future President Zachary Taylor, Gen. Winfield Scott…

The fact I can’t read it in French? Thank Gen. James Wolfe in 1759. Brits beat the French.

Hmmm, guess I should thank veterans.

Do I thank teachers? Yes. Do I thank members of the NEA union? NO!

Why?

_____, I married a girl with one child still at home. I had to do major tutoring to get him to graduate high school. I complained constantly to the school administration, and the Dayton Board of Education. I showed the letters from the functionally illiterate English teachers. Then I’d get calls from those teachers in the middle of the night threatening me. Ditto for the social studies teachers. I give the math teachers a pass; I couldn’t find that they were negligent or incompetent. My step-son just needed more ‘instruction’. (It’s in quotes because I still do not believe he couldn’t do it, he just didn’t want to. So he ended up with more instruction and homework from me. For once, his mother backed me.)

My point is that they weren’t teachers, they were incompetent union thugs pulling down a paycheck twice mine, and I didn’t get summers off.

I remember one time me and my wife met with the school superintendent and his staff. The subject was ‘bullies’. Not what I called them, what I called them was far less civil. Basically, there was a small group of ‘students’ whose goal was to disrupt classes. Classes my step-son was in, and having trouble with. He wasn’t their target.

My question: ‘Why are they not expelled for disrupting classes?’

Answer - from school superintendent Franklin––can’t remember if that was his first or last name. All I do remember is that he moved on to be superintendent of Washington DC schools. I’m sure you saw a huge improvement during his tenure in Washington! grin

Anyway, his answer was: “They have a right to be educated too.”

Translation: We need them to be enrolled so as to collect state and federal funds for the government school system.

Christopher

My point? Thank the parents who care enough. The NEA would have you believe the country would go to hell without them. Funny. The United States got along just fine without any unions, much less a teacher’s union.

Personally, my opinion is this: If you graduate high school, you are qualified to teach your children, or any other children, to high school level. If the teachers’ union objects, (you’re not qualified to teach) then they are providing a lousy product. You should sue the NEA, and individual teachers, for false advertising.

At the very least.


avatar

Posted by Christopher   United States  on 03/19/2011 at 09:56 PM   
Filed Under: • Education •  
Comments (4) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  
Page 1 of 1 pages

Five Most Recent Trackbacks:

Once Again, The One And Only Post
(3 total trackbacks)
Tracked at diamond painting uk
The Glee alum's dark cheap diamond cheap diamond painting painting locks were styled stick straight and tucke diamond painting kits d behind her diamond painting kits ears diamond painting uk…
On: 03/20/21 10:12

Vietnam Homecoming
(1 total trackbacks)
Tracked at 广告专题配音 专业从事中文配音跟外文配音制造,北京名传天下配音公司
  专业从事中文配音和外文配音制作,北京名传天下配音公司   北京名传天下专业配音公司成破于2006年12月,是专业从事中 中文配音 文配音跟外文配音的音频制造公司,幻想飞腾配音网领 配音制作 有海内外优良专业配音职员已达500多位,可供给一流的外语配音,长年服务于国内中心级各大媒体、各省市电台电视台,能满意不同客户的各种需要。电话:010-83265555   北京名传天下专业配音公司…
On: 03/20/21 07:00

The Brownshirts: Partie Deux; These aare the Muscle We've Been Waiting For
(2 total trackbacks)
Tracked at 香港特首曾荫权和部分高管分别用步行或搭乘公共交通工具的方式上班
西安电加热油温机 香港盛吹“环保风” 专家指市民已从被动变主动 中新网9月29日 淮安导热油电加热炉 电 据香港中通社报道,9月29日晚由香港某环保团体举行的“无冷气夜”,吸引了5万名市民及超过60间企业承诺参加。这是香港最近环保活动不断升温过程中的大型活动之一。 进入九月,香港各界环保活动渐入高潮,层出不穷。特首高官与各界市民齐齐参与,是其中一个最大特色。…
On: 03/21/18 12:12

meaningless marching orders for a thousand travellers ... strife ahead ..
(1 total trackbacks)
Tracked at Casual Blog
[...] RTS. IF ANYTHING ON THIS WEBSITE IS CONSTRUED AS BEING CONTRARY TO THE LAWS APPL [...]
On: 07/17/17 04:28

a small explanation
(1 total trackbacks)
Tracked at yerba mate gourd
Find here top quality how to prepare yerba mate without a gourd that's available in addition at the best price. Get it now!
On: 07/09/17 03:07



DISCLAIMER
Allanspacer

THE SERVICES AND MATERIALS ON THIS WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND THE HOSTS OF THIS SITE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF SATISFACTORY QUALITY, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICE OR ANY MATERIALS.

Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
It's been a long strange trip without you Skipper, but thanks for pointing us in the right direction and giving us a swift kick in the behind to get us going. Keep lookin' down on us, will ya? Thanks.

THE INFORMATION AND OTHER CONTENTS OF THIS WEBSITE ARE DESIGNED TO COMPLY WITH THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THIS WEBSITE SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND ALL PARTIES IRREVOCABLY SUBMIT TO THE JURISDICTION OF THE AMERICAN COURTS. IF ANYTHING ON THIS WEBSITE IS CONSTRUED AS BEING CONTRARY TO THE LAWS APPLICABLE IN ANY OTHER COUNTRY, THEN THIS WEBSITE IS NOT INTENDED TO BE ACCESSED BY PERSONS FROM THAT COUNTRY AND ANY PERSONS WHO ARE SUBJECT TO SUCH LAWS SHALL NOT BE ENTITLED TO USE OUR SERVICES UNLESS THEY CAN SATISFY US THAT SUCH USE WOULD BE LAWFUL.


Copyright © 2004-2015 Domain Owner



GNU Terry Pratchett


Oh, and here's some kind of visitor flag counter thingy. Hey, all the cool blogs have one, so I should too. The Visitors Online thingy up at the top doesn't count anything, but it looks neat. It had better, since I paid actual money for it.
free counters