Thursday, October 4, 2012
In Gordon Philpot's letter in the Oct. 4 Union-Bulletin he made broad, derogatory statements concerning education and teachers' unions in our country.
Specifically, in what area(s) does he have documentation that our educational system is "... inferior to that of some Third-World countries...." and which Third-World countries? Is free education available to all (regardless of sex, race, religion, physical/mental handicaps, etc.) in those other countries to which he refers?
To truly compare education in various countries wouldn't a complete rather than a selective comparison be more accurate?
Since the membership of teachers' unions is made up of teachers it makes sense that those organizations would be concerned with factors affecting their members. The implication of Mr. Philpot's statement is that teacher unions and their member teachers do not care about the students they work with nor conditions affecting their education.
As a retired life member of the Washington Education Association and National Education Association (after 36 years in the classroom) I find that line of thinking ill informed, incorrect and divisive.
Generalized statements without specifics too often work when trying to sway uninformed people to a particular way of thinking, but if the statements are questioned and found to be unsupported they lose their effectiveness, if not their following.