I spent two years in public schools teaching little kids to speak English. During that time I learned two valuable lessons about education:
1) Good public school teachers are a precious resource.
2) I don't have what it takes to be one.
I fail to see the merit in stripping the public sector workforce of its bargaining power, just as I fail to see how punishing already modest wage earners with smaller paychecks can be good for the economy. I see plenty of merit, however, in this:
McBone takes its hat off to Wisconsinites who have demonstrated against their governor's efforts to weaken the power of the public employee. Scott Walker, in stooping to the standard Republican credo of blaming unions for our economic woes, has fully aligned himself with the dark forces that seek to siphon American wealth away from the middle/working classes and into the distended bellies of the privileged few.
We maintain that a healthy, well-educated citizenry is crucial to keeping pace with the world, and we believe that strong public services are necessary in achieving that goal, ie good public schools populated with good public school teachers.
Wanna be no. 1? Tax and spend like you mean it. Let's keep the most talented and qualified people in the classroom so that hacks like me aren't forced to miseducate America.
Yeah, I'm a liberal. Fuck you.