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December 08, 2021

Teachers In California Decide That Working Five Days a Week Is Too Hard, and Give Themselves One Day A Week Off

Well, one day a week of "remote learning," sitting on their asses at home, which is what parents do not want, but which teachers do want.

And when parents complain, teachers tell parents to "step up" and do the hard work of teaching.

This is amazing.

I keep wondering what the breaking point is.

I'm wondering if there is a breaking point at all.

Do they even have to show up, ever?

Can we just admit that the "teaching occupation" is just a welfare program for a fairly low-educated, low-ambition bunch?

Remember when teachers unions around the country insisted they were eager to reopen schools but only once it could be done safely? Unions gave all sorts of excuses. First it was that not all teachers had been vaccinated. Then it was that schools lacked sufficient ventilation. Then it was that not all students had been vaccinated. The shifting list of demands had only one clear goal: Keep teachers (and students) out of classrooms for as long as possible. Even when local authorities tried to twist their arms, they refused to return.

And as the evidence piled up that remote learning wasn’t working for a large number of students, unions simply ignored or denied it. Cecily Myart-Cruz, president of the LA Teacher’s Union, claimed no learning loss had taken place during the 18 months LA schools were closed. “Our kids didn’t lose anything. It’s OK that our babies may not have learned all their times tables…They know the difference between a riot and a protest,” she said. Some unions claimed the push to get teachers back to classrooms was racist.

Fortunately, all of that is behind us now. Or maybe not. Today the NY Times reports that schools are extending time off and resorting to one day a week (or a month) as remote learning only...

As John Sexton reports, the teachers -- who clearly just wanted to stop working -- have given up using covid as an excuse to stop working, and are now offering the excuse that the "battles" over them taking time off during covid, as well as arguments about CRT, is just "too much" for them, and they need some Mental Health Days.

Sexton quotes this posting from a "veteran public school teacher" who encourages teachers to basically take as much time as they need to get their heads together, and, if parents don't like it, well then: Parents can teach their kids.

Veteran public school teacher here. I am hearing the same experiences over and over from my former colleagues (and on several private teacher-only message boards): rude parents, combative students, undermining administrators, useless curriculum, stagnant wages, total burnout. Some of their personal stories from the classroom this year would make your toes curl. We understand this is a profession that has its ups and downs, but the near-constant abuse and the general consensus for years that teachers are responsible for all of the ills of society have finally taken their toll. To the teachers in the trenches: I see you, and I support you. I know the invisible load you carry and the unseen work you do. If virtual Fridays help to make your life and mental health better, it's time for parents to step up and do their part.

Well, parents thought they were doing their part by paying people to teach their children.

If you're not willing to do that job, they can pay other people to teach their children, and fire your lazy, uneducated, ignorant asses.

This is incredible.

As Sexton says: Don't expect this to stop in LA. Once word gets out that this is going on in LA and teachers are getting away with it, teachers across the country will begin doing this.

Teachers have decided they are part of the "Laptop Class" they are so envious of, the upper middle class that can do almost all of their work remotely through a computer and via zoom meetings, and being envious of higher-status people, they've decided to convert teaching into a "Laptop Class" occupation against the wills of parents.

They're not that -- they're workers at a modest middle-class civil service job -- but they conceive of themselves as part of the Upper Middle Learned Classes and they're determined to gain both the salaries and non-pecuniary benefits that attend to those classes.

And if that's inconvenient for parents, who will have to make arrangements for someone to watch their children during school hours -- why they'll just have to "step up" then, won't they?

More at Sexton's link. And do hit it. I've taken so much from him today! But most of the quotes are back there, including more quotes from entitled teachers who obviously hate parents -- and children, too.

7 From CNBC- Virtual school resulted in 'significant' academic learning loss, study finds Posted by: redridinghood

But they're just All About the Kids, you know.

That's all they care about -- The Kids.

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