Marcia Kramer

How to handle the teachers

Has anyone wondered why teachers, when they threaten strike action, never schedule it for the school holidays?

I have. Especially when the bleat about hard they work, and how holidays aren’t actually holidays, and how hard they actually work in the holidays. (I can’t believe a principal is so stupid to put this on a school blog, but there you have it)

As students leave for their two weeks holiday I hear teachers making plans with their teams for meetings for planning and assessment during the two week break and I wish all those people who say teachers have so many holidays could see the reality.

You would think just once in their miserable lives they would schedule strike action for the holidays wouldn’t you? But no, I guess that tells us exactly what holidays really are to teachers, same as for everyone else, holidays.

Anyway I digress. Teachers are actually miners who dress up sort of nice, they should be treated as such when the go about working at the “chalk face” and other such nonsense.

However it seems to me that Anne Tolley needs a little help. First up she needs to take some lessons from Merv Wellington. He knew how to treat bleating highly unionised whinging teachers. He ignored them.

The second thing that Anne Tolley can do is follow the play book of Chris Christie, the governer of New Jersey. He is sorting out the teachers unions in New Jersey.

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (CBS 2) — Determined to turn New Jersey’s education system on its head, Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday unveiled a tough-love reform package that will make classroom achievement — not seniority or tenure — the basis for pay hikes and career advancement in Garden State public schools.

Christie is turning his take-no-prisoner’s style to the classroom, demanding a top to bottom overhaul of how New Jersey students learn and teachers teach. And that means undoing tenure, seniority and other union work rules.

“We cannot wait. Your children are sitting in these classrooms today. We cannot wait to make it better,” Christie told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

Uh huh….seems they have the same problems in New Jersey as we have here. But wait it gets better.

Unqualified teachers will feel the lash. The governor is demanding that teachers in kindergarten through fifth grade actually pass tests in reading and math in order to be certified.

“It might lead to the firing of lousy teachers and bad principals who hurt our children,” Christie said.

The governor wants to turn the old seniority system inside out and put quality teaching ahead of lack-luster performance. He will:

* Prohibit salary scales based on seniority

* Grant raises based on classroom performance

* Give tenure based on classroom performance

“We are paying a fortune for something that is not giving our children the hope and the faith and the trust that their tomorrow can be better than their today,” Christie said.

The governor said he would appoint a task force to come up with standards to measure teacher achievement.

Educational experts applauded the governor’s actions.

Bwahahaha, making teachers actually sit tests. Brilliant!

Og course the teacher unions are a mite upset.

A spokesman for the New Jersey Education Association attacked the governor’s plan saying that once again he was “trying to implement education reform without any input from educators.”

They’ve had their chance for input, same as the teachers here. the results are before us of 50 years if their input into the education sector. Time to do something different.

So long as the teachers unions and Teachers Council advocate to protect the most useless teacher and hide the names of criminal teachers, including those convicted of sex crimes, I will campaign against them.