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Biased Teachers Unions
May 27th, 2011 by Brawlin Melgar

Teachers Unions are out of Control in Ohio. The Ohio Education Association has overstepped its bounds by using union dues to push a liberal political agenda.

Case in point #1 – Ohio Education Association Imposes $54 Dues Hike to Defeat the Senate Bill 5, a bill that is supported by republicans and rejected by democrats.
Case in point #2 – Ohio Education Association Publishes a far left publication called Ohio Schools Magazine, which feeds it membership and readership one-sided and misleading information.
Case in point #3 – Ohio Education Association is against Charter Schools, Homeschooling and School Choice of any kind.
Case in point #4 – Ohio Education Association is against performance pay or teacher evaluations of any kind
Case in point #5 – OEA meetings are nothing more than a liberal political rally
Case in point #5 – OEA membership fear repercussions for voicing an opposing opinions, so largely they remain silent.

Raising dues for political purposes is wrong if the member teacher wants to opt out. Rhetoric and propaganda regarding Ohio Senate Bill 5 and other issues coming forth should not be funded in an involuntary manner by workers.

Jade Thompson’s right to choose was violated when the OEA refused to listen to her or take action regarding her rational, reasonable complaint. The OEA is so political that they refuse to listen to even their own membership.

I’m Jade Thompson and my husband, Andy Thompson, is running for the Ohio House of Representatives. I am a teacher at Marietta High School. Imagine my chagrin when my friends and colleagues began showing me the awful attack ads against my husband which they had received in the mail. Now imagine my dismay when I saw that those defamatory mailers were paid for by the Ohio Education Association – my teachers’ union.

In effect, they are using my union dues to attack my husband! This is a new low, even for the OEA!!!

Speaking at the OEA meeting earlier this month, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) urged teachers to rally for the referendum campaign and “make this personal.”

“You can talk all the statistics you want, but tell your personal story. Tell people why you’re a teacher,” Said Democrat Senator Brown.

So why does the union want to make this personal? Because that’s the only way the union can win. Facts get in the way. If you suggest that teachers paid $60,000 or more (plus benefits) take a 10% pay cut to avoid firings and program reductions, the teachers union attacks.

Teachers should be free to spend their hard-earned dollars to contribute to the candidates and causes they actually support, but OEA members do not have that freedom. The OEA and its parent organization, the NEA have a liberal agenda. Robert Chapman the former general counsel for the NEA once said in federal court,

“if you take away payroll deduction, you won’t collect a penny from these people, and it has nothing to do with voluntary or involuntary. I think it has to do with the nature of the beast, and the beasts who are our teachers … (They) simply don’t come up with the money regardless of the purpose.”

Now I don’t know about all teachers, but the ones I know take offense to being called beasts.

Teacher Unions Broke Education in the US
Apr 26th, 2011 by Brawlin Melgar

The education system in the United States is broken. Everyone knows it is, yet not much is being done about it. Bad teachers get by while good teachers see bad undeserving teachers get the same raise. That is biased, unfair and hurts our kids.

Good News the Bias is Changing
The education bias toward the collective and away from the individual is ending in at least two states, Wisconsin and Ohio. Those states have just adopted a new bias. A bias focused on the individual teacher away from the field leveling, money grabbing collectivist union.

Under SB5, Ohio’s new public union law, teacher performance will be a major component in evaluating teachers for pay increases. Gone are the automatic merit increases negotiated by the union. Now pay is based on a system that involves observing teachers in the classroom and evaluating their knowledge of the subject, their teaching skills and their ability to communicate to students.

There also will be testing student performance from beginning of the year to the end of the school year according to a recent Cleveland Plain Dealer article by Reginald Fields.

Student achievement will be 50% of the teacher performance grade. The total performance grade will now determine if the teacher gets a raise or just gets to keep their job.

Old Union Bias – Everyone Gets A Pay Raise because it is Good for The Group
In the current system, teachers received pay increases regardless of performance. Additionally bad teachers were protected from being fired for poor performance. Worse yet, those poor performing teachers received the same raise as the better performing teachers. In Boston, the Teacher’s Union actually blocked bonuses for deserving teachers.

New Individual Bias – When you deserve a raise, you get a raise

With the new system, each teacher can receive pay increases when performance is worthy of a raise. Now teachers will be treated as most employees are treated. More importantly the bias now is back on the performance and future performance of students and each individual teacher, not on the union.

As this video explains, let’s put the bias back in to teaching our children and away from collectivism/unionism.

The Truth about Teachers Unions from Union Facts on Vimeo.

Union is Skeptical
Unions do not like this idea at all. They question the way student achievement will be measured claiming that there aren’t enough student growth measures that are reliable enough to used as a basis for teacher compensation. In general they call any attempt to measure the performance of the teacher unfair. Maybe the union ought to wait until April 30, 2011 for the Ohio Superintendent of Education to submit the framework for how to evaluate teachers and how to evaluate students.

The education system in America is broken, some teachers are being overcompensated while others are being under compensated. And where is the bias? Not on our kids, that’s for sure.

Hopefully that will be a thing of the past.

Obama School Supplies You Can Believe In
Dec 14th, 2009 by Brawlin Melgar

Obama School Supplies You Can Believe In

According to the Columbia Daily Tribune, officials at three Missouri schools aren’t very happy with the Obama campaign-themed school supplies their schools received from a supply company recently. As a matter of fact, the supply company, Pencil Wholesale, is having to travel across the state to recall the pencils and notebooks that look very similar to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign logo.

The school supplies have  pictures of stacks of coins – pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters – and read “Change We Can Believe In.”  It also features the red, white, and blue “O” that was a signature mark of the Obama campaign.   (See the photo to the right.)

At least two families of students at Columbia Elementary School have complained about their children purchasing the notebooks and pencils from a school vending machine and Principal Mary Sue Gibson alerted the supply company, saying she didn’t want to “get into that political arena.”

Greg Jones, a sales representative with the company says the design was an accident.  “The art department was trying to be cutesy,” he said of the school supplies.  “I wish I could do it over, but for now, I can just make it right.” He also stated that the supplies were not designed by Pencil Wholesale.

Jones said he delivers supplies to about 800 schools and he will be traveling around to the schools who may have received the controversial supplies to see to it that they are removed, but finding all of the pencils and notebooks has been a difficult task.

“It’s turned out to be really ugly. We’re trying to get them out of the schools as fast as we can,” he said in a statement.

Safe Schools Czar Wants Porn for Preschoolers?
Dec 6th, 2009 by Brawlin Melgar

Harry Potter, Junie B. Jones, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. These are book titles you are likely to find in your child’s school library.  But what if you walked into your child’s classroom and saw titles such as Queer 13, Love & Sex: Ten Stories of Truth, and Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian on the bookshelves?  According to a new report by Scott Baker of Breitbart-TV.com, the possibility of children as young as preschool age reading about subject matters that include public masturbation, prostitution, five-year-olds playing sex games, thirteen-year-olds having oral sex, affairs with older teachers, and the taste of semen, could become a reality in the not-so-distant future.

The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is an organization whose mission, according to their website,  is to educate teachers, students, and the public against homophobia and heterosexism in schools.  The group was founded by Kevin Jennings, who served as the Executive Director of GLSEN for many years.  Where is Kevin Jennings now?  He’s working under the Obama administration as the “Safe School Czar”

According to Baker’s report, GLSEN “strives to influence the educational curriculum to include materials which the group believes will increase tolerance of gay students and decrease bullying.”  This includes a suggested reading list for all students and is divided into three sections, K-6, 7-12, and books for teachers.  The book list is featured on the GLSEN website, which even allows for online ordering for students and teachers who want to use the reading materials in their classroom.

OK, not that big of a deal.  While I don’t think it’s appropriate to talk about relationships of any kind (gay or straight) outside of a parent-approved sex education class, I do think students need to be taught to be tolerant of people who are not like them.   I understand the desire for children of all walks of life to be treated appropriately.  But wait, there’s more.

Around the time the book list was developed, GLSEN put out a press release, praising the passage of the Dignity in All Schools Act by the New York City Council.  In the press release, GLSEN claims they focus on :educational resources, public policy agenda, student organizing programs, and development initiatives.”  In other words, one of their main focuses is influencing education.  This group has an agenda.

Again, I have no problem with schools teaching tolerance, but not as suggested by a gay and lesbian group.  No offense to gays and lesbians, but I would not want to see children given tolerance lessons by any group that is ultimately about sexual relationships, regardless of the sexual orientation of those involved.  This is what many liberals and gay agendists don’t seem to understand.  It is inappropriate for children to be talking about sex of any kind in school, unless they are participating in a class in which sex is part of the curriculum and only then, after their parents have approved of the content.  These books force sex onto students who may or may not be ready for the topic.

Also, as the report states, it’s not about censorship.  No one wants to ban these books, but forcing them onto a population of students under the age of eighteen is inappropriate.  GLSEN does advise adults to review the books, but also insists the books were reviewed by staff members and contain appropritate content.    The actual content of the books is too graphic to post here, but upon reading specific passages, I, myself,  was shocked beyond belief.  As an adult, I do not read books containing such language and I certainly would not want my children doing the same.

Kevin Jennings was heading the organization in a very “hands-on” role at the time this book list was published.  Whether or not he knows about the list is not certain, but it is likely.   Would you want the man behind the organization promoting such books to have any hand in educating America’s students?   Decided for yourself.  To read passages  from some of the suggested books, please visit the full report at Gateway Pundit. Please be cautioned, the passages contain very explicit and pornographic language.

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