Lessons from the Chicago teachers strike
Educators demand less work, more pay
- Duration 7:32
- Date Sep 11, 2012
Educators demand less work, more pay
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-- -- -- So it's day two of the Chicago teachers strike it's the government faculty complex and high relief a monster that -- have created.
We'll -- have the guts to slay that dragon.
Unlikely -- want this to -- his BFF from the White House what are they just make bill -- superintendent of Chicago schools and be done with it.
Meanwhile 80% of eighth graders aren't up to speed in -- which may qualify them for teaching position.
And so today.
Yeah the teachers unions demanding big raises for six hour workday what the nation's unemployment remains sky -- the teachers must be -- -- the communities Obama organizing Chicago.
That's the good news is that kids are learning that daily lesson from the strike.
Had -- demand more from government without giving more how to throw a tantrum known among unions as a strike.
Union map how a five and three quarter hour work day plus full benefits and retirement with 60% pay raise -- still unfair.
Had to get an -- even though you -- 55% of students graduate from high school.
So as a field trip forget the aquarium you can go to the picket lines and learn more about modern economics from watching this line.
-- be angry and entitled.
-- what's that anger about what the teachers fear what they impose on students' grades of valuation standards.
How dare you expect me to do better you must be racist or something.
This isn't a strike it's occupy the classrooms we might as -- dump the exams for drum circles at least that might prepare them for life in the park.
Bob Andrea big fear here standing there standardized test is threatening their seniority is that what this is about.
Yes it is and it you know we should recognize that.
-- this isn't a conservative or democratic issue you've seen a trend among chancellor former DC school chancellor Michelle -- New York city schools chancellor Joel Klein saying the same.
Saying they're coming out there saying how he's -- -- we measure success let's put standardized tests and place you actually had the unions.
Vs Democrats I mean -- -- -- infighting on this 1 but I am.
I think it's embarrassing -- that these teachers with these students have sucked poor scores and he summoned here 20% of eighth graders in public schools.
Are 14% below the national average.
And they expect to raise the -- and yeah Ron tried to get an F 16% raise over four years and a down economy.
I don't care -- -- Republican Democrat anybody I'd be ticked off that.
Hip -- -- here's what I I I'm cancer concerned about.
They are angry.
It even if they win this strike do you think they're gonna be unbiased when they teach the students about what went on.
-- is the strike the least of our worries it's their attitude in the classroom that kind of bugs me.
You know I'm very strong supporter of fish from -- him however.
Have said that the idea that they're not willing to -- for a long time I've I've supported each test for teachers.
Merit she just to keep.
There late they want these people who've been let go to school system automatically come back to -- -- hired the reason that there out.
Is because they weren't good teachers right.
So the idea is they should be the first in line to get teaches us is crazy yet it's cry and they and by the way that the 35% date they've moved immediately off that it wasn't about pay increases they -- -- -- gonna get that much.
But they're holding up on this -- this whole issue about teachers should be rated.
-- what -- kids doing these standardized test.
Why not which in their contract is the only thing they cannot strike for the only thing they can't strike for.
Is money and I think the latest they came back and said we didn't really want 35% we only 225 and a half percent when he -- -- talking about.
Of eighth graders are reading it in eighth grade proficiency level.
Only 20% of them are doing -- that at at that level teachers -- -- 74000 dollars per year.
Plus benefits meanwhile the average household in Chicago makes under 50000 dollars whereas -- -- -- I have no problem with good teachers just put on the merit pay system.
But -- once you graduate from high school colleges universities they -- and merit why can't you do it for for you know.
Did the lower rates yeah.
Meant to -- the teachers here on one aspect and that is it.
When a lot of these kids get to school they don't even know their shapes or their colors.
And then it just -- -- that by the eighth grade they can't do basic math.
And so you have a chicken and the egg situation where that it would you wanna be a teacher in Chicago school inner -- school.
Do they deserve to get 75000 dollars a year plus benefits.
And -- guaranteed retirement package compared to somebody who might work at a hospice.
Who doesn't have a union that helps them I mean that's why I think the public unions are a little bit skating on the edge here.
When you saw what happened in Wisconsin now they have the reforms.
The sky didn't fall and actually -- that that's data starting to come back.
But I think that that -- say with the events of merit -- it for teachers if they should be a system worked out for teachers in schools and inner -- schools where the kids or not.
As prepared as -- and other schools so you can use you still do -- testing for teachers but yet taken to a -- I -- is -- I think the government can't solve all of this problem this is.
Breakdown of the family -- you and and it doesn't matter how much money they try to throw -- -- the teachers aren't going to be able to save a kid.
Who gets there and that when he six years old and then further on the on the graduate 55% is no wonder we have the unemployment rate that we do.
40% of those kids that are gonna graduate will not work here next ten years.
But we can't do we keep thrown money at this end and even the protests have to realize and they have a TV they can look into the future -- -- -- -- Greece and this is where it's going depths that you're asking -- discretion could.
Right -- striking in the middle of the street isn't the answer and I think they should consider.
Cutting off a lot of the federal funding to go to these schools that are producing I mean it's just ballooned over the years so you have these kids who aren't being educated but yet.
These salaries keep going up and you have these -- to the top type things coming out of Washington beauty and they're trying to let me look Ron tried to reform it yet but tried to admit it is Dana points out a lot of this stuff is.
Is too late and that's why they're in the -- -- that there -- a proud.
As you've got kids who mostly single parent.
Mostly women who are here who live in -- ghetto who have no influence -- outside to get up and you expect them to be the same as some.
Bob that's not you know you can have a baseline now you can -- He did draw a line here in here's your baseline -- If if the students are increasing their level from the baseline the teachers doing a good job -- not that measured against a suburban kid.
Probably what about the respect for taxpayers.
-- Work really hard all day long -- pay -- taxes and then they watch this and and they know that their cities and -- who's gonna decide to move to Chicago.
That it -- know what I wanna put their came back yeah boots itself lined up right at school art charter school which are the ones that are still working -- -- -- -- yet they're not affected their inoculated against this sort of not since.
-- -- But knowing that the net was doing anything about the charter school if you mean they're held to a different standard yet public schools and the cut and they -- they're great parents want to put their kids -- charter schools.
I gonna move on coming up where -- the press.