Merit Pay Rears Its Head Again!
Vote The Suckers Out!
By John R. Alston Trotter, EdD, JD
I have been away from the blogs for a while. Too d_mn busy! Sonny Perdue and some of his henchmen have totally disrespected teachers with this Merit Pay Mirage. Do they really think that this will improve education in Georgia? (I have written several articles on Merit Pay on http://www.theteachersadvocate.com.) What our schools in Georgia need is a better class of students. Do you think that anyone at GAE or PAGE will say this? Ha! It it true, and in your hearts, you guys know that I am speaking the truth. You cannot have good learning conditions until you first have good teaching conditions. This is our constant mantra at MACE, and no one can logically dispute this. No one. Another statement prominently displayed on MACE literature (and even on our envelopes) is this: “MACE Devours Administrators Who Abuse Teachers.” Administrative abuse? Of course. Every day. It is rampant. In the Spring of 1996, the headline for the lead article in The Teacher’s Advocate! magazine was “Teacher Abuse Is Epidemic!” It’s been epidemic for years, but everyone wants bury their heads in the proverbial sand. D_mn it! When are Governors, legislators, school board members, and other policy-makers (including Arne Duncan in Washington, D. C.) going to take their heads out of the sand and listen? They are operating like they still believe that the Earth is flat. They need to sail West (discipline in the classrooms) to reach the East Indies (academic achievement). They apparently think that they will fall off the Earth if they insist on classroom discipline. But, there will never be any significant changes in academic achievement without first establishing classroom discipline, and teachers cannot establish good classroom discipline when a handful (or a whole classroom full) of miscreants and thugs substantially disrupt the classes, knowing that the weasel, booger-eating, and kiss-up administrators are either too afraid or too lazy to do anything to the thugs who are running some of our schools. Abject administrative cowardice, laziness, apathy and/or callousness!
Any legislator who goes along with Sonny’s maniacal Merit Pay plan should be voted out of office! Vote all of the sucker out of office! (c) MACE, April 28, 2010.