Give ’em space; teachers feel disrespected!

But the socialists support them! 

Parents of the 26,000 students enrolled in Madison’s public schools got to wonder if their classrooms will open as scheduled Monday 01-10-22. Or how many of their teachers will show.

Because the teachers union is doing what it does best: making demands. They want more sick leave and “mental health support.” The latter includes “giving space for social-emotional processing of the past year.” They also want authority to “separat[e] those who refuse to wear a mask … from the majority of students and staff who are masking for the public good.” They want it by Tuesday.

→ See what the school board does Monday at 5 p.m. (Agenda and links)

Madison Teachers Inc. claims that two-thirds of its members surveyed “either did not support a return to school buildings on January 10 or would only do so if COVID-19 infection rates were stabilizing or decreasing.”

“Not only have we started this school year short-staffed, but we are losing an extraordinary number or staff due to burnout and disrespect from leadership and community stakeholders.”

Disrespect from “community stakeholders?” Whom might that be? Parents? Taxpayers? At least, they have the support of the Madison-area Democratic Socialists. The Far Left group today blamed Covid on capitalism:

Hello comrades,

I am sure you are all thinking about Omnicron and how it yet again illustrates the blatant failings of capitalism, the state, the U.S. healthcare system, and so many other oppressive institutions. … (MTI) is calling on MMSD leadership to make basic commitments to staff members. Please read their statement, sign their petition, and share it.

Coal Miner MTIAren’t they SPECIAL!

Like Mother Mary, National Review keeps speaking words of wisdom:

To hear them tell it, teachers are basically 19th-century coal miners, risking their lives every time they go to work. … This melodramatic nonsense must not be indulged. Teachers are not at any more risk than grocery-store workers, restaurant workers, or any of the other “essential workers” who have been working in person throughout the entire pandemic.

MTI is among the more militant teachers unions in the nation and they cannot be expected to yield the title to their comrades in Chicago, where the union unilaterally shut down schools. That union threatens to make a hero out of Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who blasted the “illegal work stoppage.” She said: “Our kids need to be back in school. Schools are safe.”

Follow the science

Education secretary Miguel Cardona agrees. Even Dr. Anthony Fauci says, “If you look at the safety of children with regard to infection, we have most of the teachers, [an] overwhelming majority of them are vaccinated.” Fauci told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos: “It’s safe enough to get those kids back to school, balanced against the deleterious effects of keeping them out.”

The Omicron Covid variant in childen is proving to be no more serious than a bad cold. A study of California hospitals showed that 40-45% of children in hospitals with Covid had the infection only incidentally to the reason for their hospitalization. In Wisconsin, only one child under the age of 10 and seven kids and young adults under the age of 20 have died of COVID since the pandemic began in March 2020. (Source here.) This represents a microscopic 0.069% of the state’s total COVID deaths.

Blaska’s Bottom Line goes to National Review:We don’t close schools for influenza, and we shouldn’t close schools for Covid.”

Anyone remember how Reagan handled PATCO? 

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11 Responses to Give ’em space; teachers feel disrespected!

  1. Kevin S Wymore says:

    “I am sure you are all thinking about Omnicron and how it yet again illustrates the blatant failings of capitalism, the state, the U.S. healthcare system, and so many other oppressive institutions.” –MTI

    It may help the credibility of Madison’s public school teachers union to spell the latest variant du jour correctly. It’s OMICRON, correct?

    If it’s “all about the kids,” who are not significantly at risk, I suggest the teachers show up and resume the arduous task of education. To be fair, I’m asking the students to spell correctly, too.


    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      How did they forget to mention the evils of racism, which is clearly at work here as it is everywhere? Oh, and correct spelling is racist too, along with math or anything else that forces kids to learn rules and obey them. It’s truly a mystery to me how any parent could justify sending his or her kids to a Madison public school unless they genuinely prefer them to be indoctrinated in leftist ideology rather than to be taught useful knowledge that will enable them to develop into well-rounded human beings and responsible citizens.


      • Dejohnaise says:

        I have to disagree with your accusation, Gary. Not all of us have the money to send our kids to Edgewood or the luxury of “working from home” to home school them. We do our best to undo the brainwashing they get from MMSD and teach them to be responsible, accountable, well-rounded human beings at home. My wife and I go to work every day, pay our bills, feed our kids and do our best to model good behavior. You know, what parents do.

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        • Gary L. Kriewald says:

          Bless you for putting in the effort to counteract the toxic effect on your kids of the “education” they’re receiving. If I were in your plight, I’d think about getting together with other parents in your situation and pressuring the educational establishment in Madison to do something other than ‘brainwash’ the kids in their charge. It would certainly mean less work in the long run. As for your efforts to “model good behavior,” again, bless you. But it must be frustrating to know that such behavior is sneered at by those in charge of Madison schools, many of whom have openly excoriated the traditional family and the values you describe.


        • Special K says:

          My child went to Edgewood, graduating in 2015. Forty percent of students get financial aid. I got financial aid all four years of my kid’s high school education. And we were not what most would classify as “needy.” My spouse and I had good paying jobs. There is a false perception about the affordability of a private education, in my opinion.

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  2. fjaeckle says:

    Who do the teachers work for? The Union? the school board? The superintendent? The administrators? The students? The parents? Or the taxpayers? If you ask them then the magnitude of this problem is reviewed. We need to clarify who they work for first, and confirm is that answer is who they should be working for. Then perhaps we can get on with solving this dilemma.

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  3. georgessson says:

    As a biz guy, of course the PATCO strike resonates. Things were a tad more clear cut. This stuff merely mystifies…

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  4. Jon Burack says:

    The teacher/coal miner comparison is so apt! Since unionizing, teachers have adopted what was traditionally a working-class rhetoric of defiance and class opposition to fat cat bosses. Yet they are in fact middle class bureaucrats with jobs, pay, status and prestige that most workers can only envy, and their “oppressive” bosses are the public itself. They are in fact a privileged and pampered sector of society, which perhaps explains why they are so gullible when it comes to symbolic self-flagellation with bogus terms of self-hate like white privilege. They want to apply it to the kids and everyone else. It actually does apply to them.

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  5. Bill Cleary says:

    I work for a health care organization that is here in the Madison area. While I do not work directly with patients, I do work inside our clinics and am exposed to whatever viruses and diseases our patients bring in with them. I also work in close quarters with the staff that do work directly with the patients. Although our nurses and doctors do wear masks and face shields, kind of hard for a nurse to take your blood pressure or temperature and still maintain 6 feet of separation. Same goes for our doctors.

    According to a web site named Covid Act Now 86.9% of Dane County residents have been vaccinated with one dose of the covid vaccine and 80% of Dane County residents have been vaccinated with two doses of the covid vaccine. But despite the fact that so many of Dane County residents have been vaccinated and there is a mask mandate; according to the organization I work for, 1 in 5 people who are being tested for covid are testing positive. That is 1 in 5 people.

    The vast, vast majority of those who test positive are people who are over the age of 60 and have co-morbidity factors. It goes without saying that school age children do not fit into that category.

    So while our health care providers, our EMT’s, our Police and Fire Fighters who come into direct contact with people who may or may not have covid in their work day, the vast majority of school teachers WILL NOT come into contact with people who have covid in their work day.

    So to the teachers union and the teachers I say this: Shut the Hell up. Grow a pair and deal. There are plenty of people who every day deal with people who are exposed to people who have covid. You on the other hand do not. In fact, you have a much greater chance of getting covid from shopping at your local grocery store or stopping in to get a cup of coffee at the gas station in the morning.

    One thing I do think is hysterical. Recently I stopped in to grab a beer at a bar that is close to my work. The mask mandate was clearly posted at the door. But despite the mandate being posted, most of the people enjoying their beverage of choice did not have a mask on the entire time they were drinking. Same goes with the dinner I stopped for breakfast on Saturday. Mask mandate on the door but once you got in and got your food, the mask came off and you consumed your food without a mask.

    So I must ask: Why is it okay for me to sit and have a drink or consume food at a bar or dinner and not wear a mask but it is not okay for me to enter or exit those establishments without having a mask on?

    It is the same air that an airborne virus is being transmitted isn’t it?

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