Chris Christie’s plan for reigning in an out of control teacher’s union.
Teachers’ rhetoric always bottoms out with the claim that they are not in the job for financial gain. They claim a dedication to education and learning – a civilizing force. Given this response, are Christie’s recommendations out of order in a declining education system? In earlier years, dedication meant volunteering with organizations, such as the Peace Corp.
We must remember, however, the teacher who buys a coat for a student who comes to school dressed unfit for the weather. The teacher who alerts authorities to suspected abuse situations. Or even the teacher who champions a backpack committee for students whose parents cannot afford one for their child.
Christie’s proposed system might definitely weed out the dedicated from those hiding behind unions and rhetoric in the highest priced baby-sitting job in America. But will we also lose a class of teachers who sweat over their lesson plans, stand at the gate between negligent unruly parents and the influence of desperate communities, meanwhile tearfully rebuffing social critics? We will see.
By Vernon Elliott
Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has called for a reduction in teachers’ wages.
“Teachers are paid too much, that’s what’s bankrupting the system,” Christie said. “Some teachers make six-figure salaries and that’s not including retirement benefits.”
However, the teachers’ union points out only senior administrators make six figures and most of those jobs require doctorates. Most teachers make mid-level salaries.
Christie suggested a new teacher pay structure. He proposed teachers get paid minimum wage and a bonus for every student that passes standardized tests.
“Teacher pay should be determined by how well their students are doing,” Christie said. “They need to be held accountable. If students are failing, teachers are nothing more than glorified baby sitters.”
Republicans have long been hostile to educators who mainly vote Democratic. Recently Christie said he wanted to punch the teacher’s union in the face…
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