Note to Union Teachers: If You Want to be Treated Like Professionals, Act Like It

Townhall3One of the worst things to do in life is to attend a school board meeting and have to be anywhere near a pack of teachers sitting in the audience talking like a bunch of children. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to immature behavior on the part of that tenured bunch. From Kyle Olson:

I was deeply troubled when video surfaced last week of striking Strongsville, Ohio teachers heckling substitute teachers who were applying to be their temporary replacements.

Over 300 teachers are on strike because the school board is refusing to give them automatic raises, and the school board undercut their mass temper tantrum by hiring substitutes to keep schools open.

The substitutes, complete with police escorts, had to endure heckling and jeering by the strikers. The unionists often followed alongside the substitutes, berating them and yelling in their faces as they headed to the local police department for mandatory background checks.

The entire scene had that 1957 Little Rock/school integration “walk of shame” feel to it.

Ironically, one striker yelled at a black substitute, “Rosa Parks would be ashamed!” (See the video here.)

Perhaps, but her shame probably would have been aimed at the obnoxious striker.

It marked a bottom-of-the-barrel moment for me as a five-year education reform activist. Are these people on the picket lines steel workers or degreed professionals? The irony of the American Federation of Teachers’ slogan – “A Union of Professionals” – could not be more profound.

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