By Dr. John Trotter, Chairman , and Norreese Haynes, Vice Chairman
[Editor’s Note: This message was and is for the teachers of Georgia, but especially for the teachers in the large, urban school systems where the teachers are metaphorically beat up and bludgeoned by the angry and abusive administrators, the irate and irresponsible parents, and the defiant and disruptive students.]
Dr. Trotter and Mr. Haynes being interviewed by Fox5 News about the cheating scandal in the Atlanta Public Schools.
Teacher, Do you feel powerless and voiceless? Are you tired of Disciplinary Problems, Paperwork, Unfair Evaluations, Administrative Snoopervision, Lack of Administrative Support, Consistency, etc., in Student Discipline, Lack of Parental Concern, Student Apathy, Incompetent Administrators, Angry and Abusive Administrators, Disruptive and Defiant Students, Irate and Irresponsible Parents, Overcrowded Classes, Lack of Supplies, Non-Instructional Duties, and Useless and Inane Meetings, just to name a few Stressors in Today’s Public Schooling Process? If not, then good. If so, however, then you are among the many public school teachers who are just tired of being tired.
There is, however, good news now for classroom educators! The Metro Association of Classroom Educators (MACE) was founded in 1995 for the express purpose of protecting empowering the classroom educators, not the administrators. Administrators are already empowered by the educrats at the Central Office to mess with teachers, to engage in Corporate Execution, and to make the teachers’ lives miserable. You need the antidote…you need to be a member of the only teachers’ union in Georgia which actually scares the daylights out of the abusive administrators…When you say “MACE,“ administrators do indeed listen. Administrators always have a healthy respect for MACE. One young teacher recently stated: “MACE doesn’t play.” A prominent school board attorney quipped in the past: “MACE terrorizes the principals.”
Unlike GAE & PAGE, MACE represents ONLY classroom educators, not administrators and/or supervisors. It is MACE’s firm conviction that you cannot have good learning conditions until you first have good teaching conditions. This is why we ask: “Why would a teacher join a union that sleeps with the enemy? The roles of a teacher and an administrator are different. You cannot represent both the administrator and teacher at the same time. It is a classic conflict-of-interest. At MACE, we know whose side we are on. We protect and empower classroom educators without equivocation, apology, or vacillation. Teachers need not wait too late to join. We empower teachers…one member at a time.”