You suspected as much: now you know. Republicans are afraid that you might
use your brain, that you might just think for yourself. How else to explain their
deep-seated aversion to educators in particular and our educational system
At an recent “education summit” hosted by 74 Million — an organization its critics
have described as “largely dedicated to trashing teachers unions and advocating
for school choice” — John Kasich revealed his fantasy for reforming the educational
system in this country:
If I were, not president, if I were king in America, I would
abolish all teachers’ lounges where they sit together and
worry about ‘woe is us’.
Ridding the the site where these self-pitying whiners (i.e. unionized teachers)
congregate would be the first step in enacting the Republican wet dream of a
market-driven solution. The implications of his suggestion are not difficult
to fathom. Don’t give those Dem-loving (i.e. pro-science, pro-immigrants,
pro-women) teachers a place to collude. Let’s make those lazy asses work for
their wages by keeping them apart in their respective classrooms, where they
will focus on their teaching techniques instead of bitching about their coddled
existence and, heaven forfend, fomenting their plot against American values.
If Kasich (or, for that matter, Campbell Brown, who runs 78 Million) had any
actual experience in the classroom, he would recognize the absurdity of such a
proposition. Teaching, like baseball, is a team sport: individual educators only
stand to benefit from the accomplishments of their colleagues. But once again,
for conservatives, control rather than collaboration is the name of the game.