Teachers Win Students Lose

When it comes to education, there is no win win. When the teachers win students lose.

And that’s what has happened in Detroit. Teacher win, students lose.

As reported by Christian Science Monitor,

An eight-month court battle – between Detroit’s struggling school district and teachers accused of inciting illegal strikes – ended Friday with a court decision in the teachers’ favor.

Two teachers won the months-long case against the school district because their protests were essentially political rather than work-related, Ann Zaniewski reported for the Detroit Free Press. The court decided that if teachers see politics as the cause of work-related problems, then complaints about those work conditions – even taking the form of intentional sick-outs – receive First Amendment protection.

A win for the teachers. A win for the teacher’s unions. But a loss for students.

Furthermore, aren’t all issues political? Couldn’t any employee use this same excuse? Let’s say that employees want to show up to work late, and decide to strike to prove their point? That’s political, is it not?

What’s most disturbing however is how this story is being covered. As if this is a win for students.

The article continues,

Through a series of “sick-outs” that forced more than half of schools to close in recent weeks, teachers “have effectively made the argument that we’re seeing a lack of accountability,” says Thomas Pedroni, a professor at Wayne State University in Michigan who has studied the impact of education policies in Detroit and the state.

According to the Wall Street Journal, teachers closed schools 14 times during the 2016 school year with strikes protesting the state’s emergency management of Detroit schools. Teachers are public servants, though one might not realize it these days. Knowing they enter careers with small pay and mostly for the satisfaction of molding minds, teachers used to accept their destinies. No more.

Despite an atrocious record in education, teacher want to make rock star money.

The union insisted the strikes brought attention to problems hurting teachers and students alike, and the issues were related to the buildings. Forget the days of the old non-air-conditioned school house. Teachers want luxury.

“If the ceilings are falling down, we sweep up, go back to business as usual,” said Ellen Morgan, a 2nd grade teacher at Spain Elementary Middle-School, to WXYZ Detroit in January.

So what exactly is “business as usual” for Detroit Public Schools? Where teachers win students lose.

According to Public School Review,

Detroit Public Schools have the worst test scores and graduation rates in the nation, but there are more problems plaguing the district. Learn about the internal conflict and dynamics that threaten the students’ future.

Detroit Public Schools’ students recently won the award of the worst math scores in the National Assessment of Educational Progress’ 40-year history. Couple the disheartening standardized test scores with the nation’s lowest graduation rate, according to NPR, and you have a public school system that has utterly failed its students.

With this stellar performance, it’s no wonder the teachers decided to sue for “political reasons.”


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