Skip to comments.Why Most Teachers Are Leftists
Posted on 12/02/2002 9:13:24 AM PST by geedee
After reading about the trials of Santa Monica (California) High School student Steve Miller, to say nothing of how many young minds are being poisoned every day, teachers themselves, seemed like a worthwhile educational topic.
Teachers Consider Themselves Victims
According to the National Education Association (NEA), the average salary of a U.S. public school teacher for the 2001-02 school year was $44,499. No doubt, this is much lower than other professions such as law and medicine, but one can't enter those with a 2.0 undergrad average from, say, Chico State, nor are there many emergency provisions to obtain employment in those fields without proper certification.
Unlike the other professions, teaching has the security of civil service, and there are almost unlimited opportunities to make considerably more money by simply hanging in, running extracurricular programs, and by becoming an administrator. It is not uncommon for a school administrator, in larger districts, to make well over $100,000.
The "victim" persona comes from them comparing their worthy occupation of instructing America's youth, and being involved in intellectual pursuits, to highly paid entertainers and athletes. To be fair, they also take way too much criticism for being the sole cause of our country getting continuously more stupid with every passing year. They are more aware than most that this failure is primarily the result of the destruction of the American family especially amongst the Black population but being toe-tag liberals, cannot say this. This makes them feel even more victimized.
If you're a victim, you're a leftie.
Teachers Consider Themselves To Be Intellectuals
Teachers work with books all day, and, at least, on the surface, are engaging in activities of the mind. They can take some comfort in this, when they compare themselves to athletes and others who seem to get a lot of money for merely physical attributes. Most intellectuals believe that they are superior to all other people, who, even if they must use their minds in their work, have sold out in some manner to achieve their economic success. What could be a more pure use of the intellect than instructing children, after all?
As intellectuals, they are only too ready to tell everyone else how to live, and to put that into practice requires an all-powerful government. Like most intellectuals, they seem to care little for the original functions of government, such as defense, police, and promoting commerce. And like most intellectuals, they enjoy embracing the most perverse ideas, just for the attention.
If you're an intellectual, as this term applies today, you're a leftie.
Teachers Belong To A Huge And Powerful Union
Stripped to its essentials, the NEA is about more money for the school districts, always and without limits of any kind, less accountability, and nearly every single left-wing cause you could possibly imagine. Oh yes, they talk about accountability, but inevitably refer to it as a complex issue that will require more study, so nothing ever seems to actually get done about it.
The NEA sends more voting delegates to the Democratic National Convention than does the State of California, yet the NEA enjoys tax-exempt status, claiming not to engage in political activities of any kind.
Perhaps the teachers would consider themselves less of a victim class if they made significantly more money, but the NEA like most unions does its best to determine that will never happen, by protecting bad performers, and fighting against the competition that would occur if vouchers were widely used. The NEA's animus against vouchers stems, of course, from its atheism, since a goodly portion of vouchers would be used to support parochial schools. I guess it's important to be able to choose to terminate a pregnancy, but not to choose where your kid goes to school.
If you're still a true believer in trade unions, you're a leftie.
Teachers Have No Self-Esteem
I know teachers talk about self-esteem all the time, but think of the frat boy who always talked about his sexual conquests, and then was unmasked to have none. For many of them, it's all they can do to lord it over a bunch of kids, and it is just in this kind of environment that Leftist politics flourishes. Why? Since none of the cockamamy ideas would ever stand up to debate, and can only be promulgated unchallenged. That's also why most teachers tend to hang out with other teachers. Despite all the air of superiority, they really do feel inferior. They can take comfort only with their own, and other downtrodden folks.
If you have no self-esteem, you're a leftie.
One or two of these factors would push many people over to the Left, but since most teachers have all four going full-blast, their present condition is easy to understand.
This is disgusting. Most organizations that lean to the left, such as AARP, receive tax preference. Donations to conservative groups, to the contrary, are not deductable.
Public unions can be broken, Reagan did it, Thatcher did it. It takes will and the will to mobilize resources to do without the 'withheld labor' of the unionistas.
Seems to me I've met one or two of those....
If I recollect correctly, National Education Assn. was founded by an insurance agent whose wife happened to be a teacher. He cooked up a better insurance package than teachers were getting from their districts. Sounds good to me. But once the money and power were there, corruption by the Democrats soon followed.
Sweden good, USA bad;
collectivist good, individualist bad;
black, hispanic, native American good; white, jewish, bad;
Islam good; Christian, Jewish, bad;
socialism good, capitalism bad;
enrivonmentalists good, industrialists bad;
emotion good, reason bad;
and on and on and on.
I asked my son to get me this teacher's email address. He did it.....if a bit nervously.:) I sent this clown an email wherein I explained that I was VERY aware of what he had been spouting to his class (his own, very liberal opinions) under the guise of "teaching". I challenged him to openly debate such issues with me in front of his class(es) if he was so sure of the veracity of his stances. I made it clear that it was his duty to teach; to present facts; to present multiple sides of every issue. He wasn't doing that, so I called him on it. I also laid out my qualifications for such a debate, provided my work and home phone numbers, and awaited a response.
I got one......and double quick.
The guy sent me an email response and fell all OVER himself apologizing. I mean, I thought he was going to drive to my house and beg to kiss my behind while exposing his throat.
No more problem.
Stand up to these jerks, folks, and CHALLENGE them. Like all bullies, they back down when someone stands up to them.
The motivating force behind teaching and all the problems of mass-schooling is control, which is, of course, the heart of leftism. Control drives the unions, it drives the laws, it lays seige on the homeschoolers. (Perhaps the desire for control arises out of low self-esteem or perhaps the low self-esteem develops out of a failure to do something besides learn how to control. It matters not. Any point that relies on a "self-esteem" argument is lame.)
John Taylor Gatto wrote an excellent essay ( The Six-Lesson Schoolteacher) on this topic. Even the most well-meaning teachers fall into the control trap.
The right of public employee's to strike needs to be resolved, and soon (within 50 years). I do not believe that an employee of a government entity has a natural right to strike. The employee of a private entity has the natural right to withhold his labor, as the opposite would be slavery.
Employee's of public institutions, by virtue of the inherent security of government employment and the publics reliance on a monopoly of labor, i.e. police , fire, should not have the right to strike. They should, however, be granted immediate access to the courts for the resolution of grievances.
Some of my friends wonder why I am not complacent about certain things. If you don't stand up to the "Velvet Glove Bullies", they tun into "Iron Hands".
I suppose I should have noted that many, if not most, are already tilting left to begin with. Our universities virtually guarantee it.
You did the right thing calling this guy on the carpet.
As an instructor myself, I have observed many kids accept what they are taught. So many times, differing opinions are ostrasized in the classroom, so kids just go with it; they don't want to be singled out by the teach.
Yea... we had some whacko professors in college but not like today.
None of them had a political slant... other than being different.
Institutions all have their own dynamics. If you conform to those dynamics and work with them, you'll tend to prosper within the institution, and the inverse is true as well. The dynamics of the teaching trade -- no, it's not a profession -- emphasize authoritarianism, pseudo-intellectual pretensions, and an attitude of omniscience despite relatively slender real intellectual credentials and an even more slender record of tangible achievement.
You know, thinking about the above, if we hadn't already created the public school system, I'm sure the Left would have invented it.
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My wife had first worked for many years in the private sector, before getting a job teaching. She was hard nosed and didn't take any cr*p from her students, and she was a "special ed" teacher (basically, all the problem behavioral students). She was so good she went on to win an award in the State for teacher of the year, or some such.
But the fact is, most teachers are exactly as the stereotypes portray them. Beevis and Butthead do an excellent parody, as does South Park.
I made my point, and he now knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that I'm closely monitoring him.......and I am.
I had told him that I'm far too busy in my work to have to take a day out for such a thing....and that it should be unnecessary......but I was VERY prepared to do just that. I gave him concrete suggestions of things he should be teaching that are matters of historical fact and, therefore, not as subject to his interpretation.
The slightest hint of a relapse and I'm on 'im like white on rice. I've taken on his Principal and a couple of idiotic English "teachers" there before without blinking, and I think he knows it.
It's time to bust the National Education
We've been surrounded by the "It ain't my fault" crowd Bill Clinton motivated and, through his refusal to ever accept any personal responsibility for his psychopathic foibles, allowed to dominate this nation's agenda and morals. We've lost the way taught us by our parents' generation. We've allowed the NEA to take over. We've allowed the stars like your wife to be overlooked and abused until their fiery drive eventually flickers and blinks out.
But we can take our schools back. We just need the courage to do it.
Very true. Now all we have to do is deal with the soccer-mom/useful idiots who will vote for anything if it's "for the children." These selfish, lazy, unthinking morons are the ones who help the marxists maintain their power and cash flow. The school districts know this and play to them come time for a new tax levy to go on the ballot. You can threaten to reduce administrators and staff and they don't even flinch...but threaten to cut Johnny's soccer team or (GASP) football program and they will vote away everything that they own, as well as everything of their neighbors. I have voted against every school levy since I reach age 18, and I'll vote against every school levy every time there is one on the ballot.
We live in one of the most affluent school districts in our state. Thankfully, both of our kids are now in college and do not seem to be too badly maladjusted. It was a struggle to keep them on the RIGHT path. When we went to PS functions (band concert, parent/teacher conference, etc), they all invariably featured a poverty speech. Jenny Mulhern, Michigan's next governor, has promised the MEA (Michigan Extortion Association) that she will work to overthrow the law that prohibits teachers striking.
One must recalculate the $44,499 to reflect the fact that teachers get over 3 months OFF.
We're out here...we just don't get much support. My main beef with conservatives is that they don't support each other. The liberal element sticks together like glue.
B-I-N-G-O! You got it 100% right. Control what children learn, think and know and you contol the masses. Teach them to be victims, to depend on the gubmint, to not think for themselves, to not judge right from wrong.
You whine because teachers get more time off than you. Become a teacher. You are not satisfied with the grade point averages and intellect of teachers. Become a teacher. It is not acceptable that teacher's unions have so much power. Become a teacher, and you can help to change these things.
I am a conservative.
I am a veteran of the armed forces.
I deplore the teacher's unions and their power.
My colleagues are not very bright.
My grade point average in undergrad was 3.8.
I have a Master's degree.
I owe $25k in student loans.
I make $45k per year.
I am a teacher.
...and I Freep.
Spellcheck says that's two words.
(Our daughter is 18 now, and we've homeschooled from the beginning.)
You really get it. And that is one debate that will never happen, because it involves personal freaking responsibility. Not a trend in this country that I can see.
But I will still fight the good fight... one middle schooler at a time.
Not to be a jerk, but what was your undergrad degree in? 3.8 is good, but it is more impressive in some subjects than others. Also, 45k a year is almost twice the national average wage. More importantly, is this 45k a year include working during the summer or not? 45k with good health care, good retirement...it could be a lot worse!
I am 44, and have worked in the High Tech sector since I got out of the Army in 80.
With the ups and downs of the economy, I have found myself out of a job on several occasions, and have been working for a School District of 50,000 students for 10 years.
I manage a huge Telecom Network. I attend planning sessions, do Infrastructure design, and manage a multi milliom dollar budget.
And what do I get paid for this you ask?
About $60K a year. What I made in a bad year as a contractor.
In return, I get a lot of days off and job security.
I would LOVE to become a teacher. I am great with kids, and actually was an Instructor in the Army in Electronics and loved it.
I enquired to the possibility of becoming a teacher and found the dirty little secret of the teaching profession.
You must have a Teaching Certificate in order to become fully qualified. I could of course have gone back to school and recieved a Degree then a Teching Certificate, after about 8 or 9 years of course.
The fact that I actually DO the craft has apparantly nothing to do with it.
The recent trend in education is to do away with all education in "the trades", such as Carpentry, Automotive and Electronics in favor of a strictly college bound track.
So I ask you, what should be done to open up the system to people like myself ?
I ask all the time, to those of whom will listen anyway, where will the next set of Mechanics, Carpenters and Electricians come from ?
Certainly not from the pencil necked geek crowd who think the world lives and dies on degrees. frankly, I think the majority of the "Certificated Employees" I work with, would all tend to agree. They all make at least my salary or better, all for 2 months a year more off and better benefits.
Please dont take any of this as a personal attack, far from it.
I sympathize with you and would love to join you in the teaching profession, but the deck seems stacked against it.
The fact is, for most Government jobs that involve any sort of education requirement, you nearly always get paid less.
This is not always a bad thing.
I am personally willing to trade a more lucrative lifestyle for security and free time.
It all depends on what you are looking for...