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Students Pull Off Thanksgiving Event, Despite Being Stood up by Protesting Teachers
Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2012 | Kyle Olson

Posted on 11/27/2012 7:11:21 AM PST by Kaslin

Students and teachers from Old Rochester Regional Junior High School have teamed up for many years to serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to senior citizens in the school cafeteria.

But this year the teachers thought it would be an opportune time to bring their complaints about a lack of a collective bargaining agreement to the community. How? By refusing to participate in the traditional Thanksgiving event.

That’s right, as a way to protest their lack of a contract, the teachers bailed on the students and senior citizens. But the students and a group of volunteers kept the tradition alive on their own.

As WickedLocal.com reported: “Despite not having their teachers to back them up, the eighth-graders at Old Rochester Regional Junior High School offered up their 23rd annual community Thanksgiving dinner Sunday, Nov. 18, in the school cafeteria for senior citizens in the Tri-towns.

“ORR Junior High Principal Kevin Brogioli debated whether he and the eighth-graders would be able to put on the community feast without the help of ORR teachers, who decided not to assist this year as a protest for being forced to work without a contract for two years.

“The snub caused some outrage and criticism from the community, who felt the students and the senior citizens were being unfairly penalized for the school district’s failure to offer the teachers union a workable contract.”

Perhaps their outrage should be directed at the union for failing to agree to a contract that the school district can afford.

This sort of childish protest by teachers unions happens all too often. Typically known as “working to contract,” a union requires its members – who apparently don’t have brains of their own – to limit their work activities to those specified in the expired collective bargaining agreement.

It’s a cheap way of scoring points against the school board and pressuring the community to side with the teachers.

But such a petty stunt could leave a bad taste in the mouths of some, particularly parents and students who have been solely focused on serving senior citizens a holiday meal, regardless of anything else going on in their lives.

We suppose the union teachers just aren’t capable of that type of unselfishness. But as it turned out, the kids didn’t need their help, anyway.

“We had more than 75 kids help, including some from the high school, and we had quite a few volunteers from the community step in so everything worked out great,” Brogioli was quoted as saying. “The kids were fantastic and quite a few of their parents helped, as well.”

He said when word got out that the event was understaffed, “the outpouring from the community was tremendous.”

Perhaps the union should rethink its petty protest strategy. Its members would look much better if they continued to focus on serving the community despite their grievances with the school board.


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1 posted on 11/27/2012 7:11:25 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
"Perhaps their outrage should be directed at the union for failing to agree to a contract that the school district can afford. "

Maybe the teachers(sic) should grow up and quite acting like whinning chidren. Congrats to the kids for acting like responsible adults!

2 posted on 11/27/2012 7:15:33 AM PST by wesagain (The God (Elohim) of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One True GOD.)
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To: Kaslin
Re: Government schools and the teachers who make them possible

I consider our nation's socialist-funded, compulsory, single-payer, and godless schools soooooo evil for the children and nation that I have made a personal decision:

I will NOT have a government school teacher or employee for a friend. They are too evil, too stupid, or too much of a Useful Idiot to be a friend.

3 posted on 11/27/2012 7:17:19 AM PST by wintertime
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To: Kaslin

Union jive turkeys.


4 posted on 11/27/2012 7:19:09 AM PST by Impy (Boehner for President - 2013)
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To: wintertime

Did the teachers call the students Scabs?


5 posted on 11/27/2012 7:19:30 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Kaslin

One Answer: HOME SCHOOLING!


6 posted on 11/27/2012 7:19:58 AM PST by golf lover (going)
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To: Kaslin

Maybe those in the community should take over the teaching as well. A lot of teachers are dumb as rocks. That’s why so many are against teacher testing.

Teachers accused in test-taking fraud that spans three states, 15 years

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/11/25/teachers-embroiled-in-test-taking-fraud-for-15-years-feds-say/?intcmp=trending


7 posted on 11/27/2012 7:20:36 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Kaslin

Maybe those in the community should take over the teaching as well. A lot of teachers are dumb as rocks. That’s why so many are against teacher testing.

Teachers accused in test-taking fraud that spans three states, 15 years

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/11/25/teachers-embroiled-in-test-taking-fraud-for-15-years-feds-say/?intcmp=trending


8 posted on 11/27/2012 7:21:41 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Kaslin

But don’t forget. When dealing with teachers you’re dealing with “professionals.”


9 posted on 11/27/2012 7:25:25 AM PST by From The Deer Stand
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To: golf lover

How does home schooling resolve this problem exactly? The kids and the community stepped up, and stuck their thumb in the eyes of the union. Good for them.


10 posted on 11/27/2012 7:28:11 AM PST by bigdaddy45
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To: Kaslin
It's all about the ______ (fill in whatever group will garner the greatest emotional response, regardless of the facts).

It's all about the kids.

It's all about the seniors.

It's all about the middle class.

11 posted on 11/27/2012 7:31:35 AM PST by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: From The Deer Stand; All
When dealing with teachers you’re dealing with “professionals.”
professional WHAT?...NEA Union thugs...

12 posted on 11/27/2012 7:33:00 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Anger a Conservative by telling a lie; Anger a Liberal by telling the truth....RWR 8-)
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To: massgopguy

Very cute! ( Sitting here chuckling)


13 posted on 11/27/2012 7:40:11 AM PST by wintertime
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To: ilovesarah2012
Thanks for the LINK. It needs to be posted in every Education Thread forever on FR.

Everyone save it, and post when needed.

People today are dispicable. Abolish the Dept. of ED., Teachers unions, etc. No child left behind, indeed they didn't.......pass the idiots on

14 posted on 11/27/2012 7:41:37 AM PST by annieokie
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To: wintertime

And you petty little whine has exactly what to do with the gist of this article, which is students and community standing up to the union thugs???????


15 posted on 11/27/2012 7:49:06 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Kaslin

They are just following the liberal viewpoint that noone can help ‘cept the gubment.


16 posted on 11/27/2012 7:59:25 AM PST by mykroar (BAD-ANON: One Game At A Time)
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To: mykroar

When Obamacare hits the children will also be the ones helping senior citizens


17 posted on 11/27/2012 8:24:04 AM PST by molson209
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To: Kaslin

Teacher greed is the strongest force in America.


18 posted on 11/27/2012 9:52:05 AM PST by aimhigh
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To: wintertime
"I will NOT have a government school teacher or employee for a friend. They are too evil, too stupid, or too much of a Useful Idiot to be a friend."

That's all fine and dandy by me...I have all the friends I need, thank you.

Make oversimplified generalizations at your own peril...

19 posted on 11/27/2012 10:54:08 AM PST by EnigmaticAnomaly ("The putrid, metastasizing rot of liberalism consumes only the weak minded.")
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To: Kaslin

government schools need to be abolished along with public employee unions


20 posted on 11/27/2012 11:43:33 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: EnigmaticAnomaly

You are right that there are some good teachers. There are also some really evil teachers working along side the good ones.

The problem for parents and society at large is that it may not be worth continuing with an out-dated, self serving, humanist (amoral) institution that permits good and evil the “right” to hang out with other people’s children.

If parents had the freedom of vouchers, the good and the evil (parents and teachers) would segregate themselves from one another. That is the best we can hope for in rescuing future generations.


21 posted on 11/27/2012 4:53:56 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: SaraJohnson; Gabz
You are right that there are some good teachers.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Evidently there are NO “good” teachers at the school in this article, or they would have been there helping the kids.

So?....Why should parents send children to a government school were there are only bad ( actually evil) government teachers?

If these parents were wise this school would be immediately shut down because all the kids would be immediately removed from the influence of the entirely “bad” staff of ( evil) government teachers.

By the way, Gabz, no amount of volunteering in the schools, or hours spent on a school board, can fix a teacher's evil heart. That can only be accomplished by the individual teacher. Reforms up the wazoo won't remake an evil teacher into a good one. The only option is to remove the children from their influence.

By the way,...Ok, there may be a few “good” government teachers out there somewhere in Neverland. So?....It is OK to feed children the poison dished out by the evil teachers? Is a lot of evil tempered with a lick of goodness OK? ( Personally, I don't think so.)

22 posted on 11/27/2012 7:40:53 PM PST by wintertime
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